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The dialectical biologist

The dialectical biologist

Author: Richard Levins; Richard Lewontin
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1985.
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Scientists act within a social context and from a philosophical perspective that is inherently political. Whether they realize it or not, scientists always choose sides. This book explores the  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Levins, Richard.
Dialectical biologist.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1985
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Levins; Richard Lewontin
ISBN: 0674202813 9780674202818 067420283X 9780674202832
OCLC Number: 11291134
Description: ix, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. On evolution. Evolution as theory and ideology ; Adaptation ; The organism as the subject and object of evolution --
pt. 2. On analysis. The analysis of variance and the analysis of causes ; Isidore Nabi on the tendencies of motion ; Dialectics and reductionism in ecology --
pt. 3. Science as a social product and the social product of science. The problem of Lysenkoism ; The commoditization of science ; The political economy of agricultural research ; Applied biology in the Third World ; The pesticide system ; Research needs for Latin community health ; What is human nature? --
Conclusion: Dialectics.
Responsibility: Richard Levins and Richard Lewontin.


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The book successfully achieves the authors' goal of demonstrating by example the power and nature of the dialectical method. Its usefulness, however, extends well beyond this. The articles are Read more...

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