Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

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This collection of specially commissioned essays puts top scholars head to head to debate the central issues in the lively and fast growing field of philosophy of biology Brings together original essays on ten of the most hotly debated questions in philosophy of biology Lively head-to-head debate format sharply defines the issues and paves the way for further discussion Includes coverage of the new and vital area of evolutionary developmental biology, as well as the concept of a unified species, the role of genes in selection, the differences between micro- and macro-evolution, and much more Each section features an introduction to the topic as well as suggestions for further reading Offers an accessible overview of this fast-growing and dynamic field, whilst also capturing the imagination of professional philosophers and biologistsEvolutionary biologists have tended to reject such explanations because they are difficult to test, not because we can demonstrate from first ... To counteract these views, I believe that geneticists such as Thomas Hunt Morgan, and later the architects of the Modern Synthesis, implicitly ... to an enlargement of the scope of evolutionary uniformitarianism, rather than a fundamental challenge to the principle.

Title:Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology
Author:Francisco J. Ayala, Robert Arp
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2009-11-19


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