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The biological way of thought.

Author: Morton Beckner
Publisher: New York, Columbia University Press, 1959.
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"Describes the special methods of concept formation and explanation that distinguish biology from the other natural sciences. Beckner examines biological subject matter and biological theory, His method of approach is dual: through a logical analysis of historical, functional, and polytypic concepts and an examination of their role in achieving theoretical unification; and through a logical analysis of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beckner, Morton.
Biological way of thought.
New York : Columbia University Press, 1959
(OCoLC)595657232
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Morton Beckner
OCLC Number: 758237
Description: 200 pages 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Types of biological concepts --
3. Models in biological theory --
4. Systematics --
5. Genetic analysis and explanation --
6. Functional analysis --
7. Teleological systems, behavior, and explanation --
8. Selection theory --
9. Organization and organismic biology.

Abstract:

"Describes the special methods of concept formation and explanation that distinguish biology from the other natural sciences. Beckner examines biological subject matter and biological theory, His method of approach is dual: through a logical analysis of historical, functional, and polytypic concepts and an examination of their role in achieving theoretical unification; and through a logical analysis of model-explanation, teleology, and historical explanation. The results of this investigation are applied to a number of standing problems in biological methodology--for example, the significance of holistic versus reductive points of view, the logical character of the taxonomic system, and the nature of explanation in evolution theory"--Publisher description.

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