Philosophy of Biology

Philosophy of Biology

1st Edition - February 5, 2007

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  • Editors: Mohan Matthen, Christopher Stephens
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080471242

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Philosophy of Biology is a rapidly expanding field. It is concerned with explanatory concepts in evolution, genetics, and ecology. This collection of 25 essays by leading researchers provides an overview of the state of the field. These essays are wholly new; none of them could have been written even ten years ago. They demonstrate how philosophical analysis has been able to contribute to sometimes contested areas of scientific theory making.

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-Written by internationally acknowledged leaders in the field
- Entries make original contributions as well as summarizing state of the art discoveries in the field
- Easy to read and understand


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Table of Contents

  • General Preface (D. Gabbay, P. Thagard and J. Woods)
    Preface (Mohan Matthen and Christopher Stephens)
    List of Contributors
    I. Biography
    Darwin (Michael Ruse)
    Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (Robert A. Skipper, Jr)
    Haldane and the Emergence of Modern Evolutionary Theory (Sahotra. Sarkar)
    Sewall Wright (James F. Crow)
    Motoo Kimura (James F. Crow)
    II. Evolution
    Natural Selection (Christopher Stephens)
    Neutralism (Anya Plutynski)
    Levels of Selection (Robert A. Wilson)
    What is Evolvability (Kim Sterelny)
    Development: Three Grades of Ontogenetic Involvement (D.M. Walsh)
    Evolution and Normativity (Michael Bradie)
    Evolutionary Ethics (Catherine Wilson)
    III Genetics
    Genetic Analysis (Raphael Falk)
    The Development of Population Genetics (Margaret Morrison)
    Maximisation Principles in Evolutionary Biology (A.W.F. Edwards)
    Reductionism in Biology (Alex Rosenberg)
    Traits, Genes and Coding (Michael Wheeler)
    IV. Taxonomy
    Species, Taxonomy and Systematics (Marc Ereshefsky)
    Homology and Homoplasy (Brian Hall)
    Biological Conceptions of Race (Robin O. Andreasen)
    V. Special Topics
    Formalisations of Evolutionary Biology (Paul Thompson)
    Functions (Tim Lewens)
    Biological Approaches to Mental Representation (Karen Neander)
    Innateness (Andre Ariew)
    Artificial Life (Mark Bedau)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 638
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2007
  • Published: February 5, 2007
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080471242

About the Series Volume Editors

Mohan Matthen

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia, Canada

Christopher Stephens

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia, Canada

About the Series Editors

Dov M. Gabbay

Dov M. Gabbay is Augustus De Morgan Professor Emeritus of Logic at the Group of Logic, Language and Computation, Department of Computer Science, King's College London. He has authored over four hundred and fifty research papers and over thirty research monographs. He is editor of several international Journals, and many reference works and Handbooks of Logic.

Affiliations and Expertise

King's College London, UK

Paul Thagard

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Waterloo, Canada

John Woods

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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