Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

Editor(s): Francisco J. Ayala, Robert Arp

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405159982

Online ISBN: 9781444314922

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314922

About this Book

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 biologists

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Is it Possible to Reduce Biological Explanations to Explanations in Chemistry and/or Physics?

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  2. Part II: Have Traits Evolved to Function the Way they do because of a Past Advantage?

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  3. Part III: Are Species Real?

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  4. Part IV: Does Selection Operate Primarily on Genes?

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  5. Part V: Are Microevolution and Macroevolution Governed by the Same Processes?

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  6. Part VI: Does Evolutionary Developmental Biology Offer a Significant Challenge to the Neo-Darwinian Paradigm?

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  7. Part VII: Were the Basic Components of the Human Mind Solidified during the Pleistocene Epoch?

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  8. Part VIII: Does Memetics Provide a Useful Way of Understanding Cultural Evolution?

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  9. Part IX: Can the Biological Sciences Act as a Ground for Ethics?

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  10. Part X: Is there a Place for Intelligent Design in the Philosophy of Biology?

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