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The philosophy of biology : an episodic history

Author: Marjorie Grene; David J Depew
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Evolution of modern philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Is life different from the non-living? If so, how? And how, in that case, does biology, as the study of living things, differ from other sciences? These questions lie at the heart of The Philosophy of Biology, and are traced through an exploration of episodes in the history of biology and philosophy. The book begins with Aristotle, then moves on to Descartes, comparing his position with that of Harvey. From the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marjorie Grene; David J Depew
ISBN: 0521643716 9780521643719 0521643805 9780521643801
OCLC Number: 52980801
Description: xxi, 416 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Aristotle and after --
Descartes, Harvey and the emergence of modern mechanism --
The eighteenth century: Buffon --
The eighteenth century II: Kant the development of German biology --
Before Darwin I: A continental controversy --
Before Darwin II: British controversies about geology and natural theology --
Darwin --
Evolution and heredity from Darwin to the rise of genetics --
The modern evolutionary synthesis and its discontents --
Some themes in recent philosophy of biology: The species problem, reducibility, function and Teleology --
Biology and human nature --
The philosophy of biology and the philosophy of science.
Series Title: Evolution of modern philosophy.
Responsibility: Marjorie Grene, David Depew.
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