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Philosophy of biology : a contemporary introduction

Author: Alexander Rosenberg; Daniel W McShea
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2008.
Series: Routledge contemporary introductions to philosophy.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this volume, Daniel McShea and Alex Rosenberg - a biologist and a philosopher, respectively - join forces to create a new gateway to the philosophy of biology, making the major issues accessible and relevant to biologists and philosophers alike." "Exploring concepts such as supervenience, the controversies about genocentrism and genetic determinism, and the debate about major transitions central to contemporary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rosenberg, Alexander, 1946-
Philosophy of biology.
New York : Routledge, 2008
(DLC) 2007040181
(OCoLC)173809034
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Rosenberg; Daniel W McShea
ISBN: 9780203926994 0203926994 0203564472 9780203564479 9781136457616 1136457615
OCLC Number: 191110461
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 241 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: What is the philosophy of biology? --
Darwin makes a science --
Biological laws and theories --
Further problems of Darwinism: constraint, drift, function --
Reductionism about biology --
Complexity, directionality, and progress in evolution --
Genes, groups, teleosemantlcs, and the major transitions --
Biology, human behavior, social science, and moral philosophy.
Series Title: Routledge contemporary introductions to philosophy.
Responsibility: Alex Rosenberg and Daniel W. McShea.
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