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Philosophy of Molecular Biology

  1. Alexander Rosenberg

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003448

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Rosenberg, A. 2001. Philosophy of Molecular Biology. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001

Abstract

The revolution in molecular biology has made the debate between reductionism and antireductionism in the philosophy of biology a pressing concern among biologists. The adoption of either of these two positions has important implications for the research programme of biology.

Keywords:

  • reductionism;
  • antireductionism;
  • explanation;
  • methodology;
  • physicalism