In Mendel's Mirror

In Mendel's Mirror : Philosophical Reflections on Biology

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Philip Kitcher is one of the leading figures in the philosophy of science today. Here he collects, for the first time, many of his published articles on the philosophy of biology, spanning from the mid-1980's to the present. The book's title refers to Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk who was one of the first scientists to develop a theory of heredity. Mendel's work has been deeply influential to our understanding of our selves and our world, just as the study of genetics today will have a profound and long-term impact on future scientific research. Kitcher's articles cover a broad range of topics with similar philosophical and social significance: socio-biology, evolutionary psychology, species, race, altruism, genetic determinism, and the rebirth of creationism in Intelligent Design. Kitcher's work on the intersection of biology and the philosophy of science is both unprecedented and wide-ranging, and will appeal not only to philosophers of science, but to scholars and students across disciplines.
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  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 28mm | 598.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous figures and tables, 2pp colour plates
  • 0195151798
  • 9780195151794

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What is most striking about the book is its uniformly high quality ... each essay is substantive, penetrating and authoritative. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * In Mendel's Mirror performs the valuable service of collecting together some of the finest essays in philosophy of biology written in the last two decades, and gives a fascinating insight into Kitcher's intellectual development over that period. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * Reading these papers together in one volume drives home just how impressive Kitcher's contribution to our field is. This volume will undoubtedly stimulate debate and provide feul for new research programs in philosophy of biology. * Stephen M. Downes, Biology and Philosophy d *
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About Philip Kitcher

Philip Kitcher is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and author of The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge(OUP, 1983); The Advancement of Science (OUP, 1993); and Science, Truth, and Democracy (OUP, 2001).
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