Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism

Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism

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This fine collection of essays by a leading philosopher of science presents a defence of integrative pluralism as the best description for the complexity of scientific inquiry today. The tendency of some scientists to unify science by reducing all theories to a few fundamental laws of the most basic particles that populate our universe is ill-suited to the biological sciences, which study multi-component, multi-level, evolved complex systems. This integrative pluralism is the most efficient way to understand the different and complex processes - historical and interactive - that generate biological phenomena. This book will be of interest to students and professionals in the philosophy of science.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 360g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 Tables, unspecified; 14 Line drawings, unspecified
  • 0521520797
  • 9780521520799
  • 1,278,929

Table of contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Complexity: 2. Constitutive complexity; 3. Dynamic complexity; 4. Evolved diversity; Part II. Pluralism: 5. Laws; 6. Pluralism or disunity.
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