The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology

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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology is an exciting collection of new essays written especially to give the reader an introduction to one of the most vibrant areas of scholarship today, and at the same time to move the subject forward dramatically. Written in a clear and rigorous style it will give the more experienced scholar much to think about and will also be of great value to the new student of the subject. The handbook covers the history of the topic, then moves into important analyses of contemporary evolutionary thinking, and continues with discussions of genetics and the moral and epistemological foundations of our understanding of heredity. The book goes on to cover ecology, behavior and morality, and does not neglect religion or feminist issues. Finally, it takes up matters to do with language and metaphor. The authors range from the senior and experienced to new and exciting young scholars. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology is a collection that will be of interest to philosophers of science, to philosophers generally, as well as biologists of all kinds. There is no better way to learn about this dynamic field than through the essays in this volume.show more

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  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 174 x 250 x 54mm | 1,260.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195182057
  • 9780195182057

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This is an excellent selection of issues and authors * Alexander Massmann, University of Heidelberg *show more

About Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse is a historian and philosopher of science, and one of the world's experts on the life and thought of Charles Darwin. He is the author of about twenty books, including the Darwinian Revolution: Science Red in Tooth and Claw, Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? and Darwinism and its Discontents. He teaches at Florida State University.show more

Table of contents

1. History of the Philosophy of Biology ; 2. Natural Selection and the Structure of Evolutionary Theory ; 3. Population Thinking ; 4. Testing and Optimality Models ; 5. Teleology ; 6. Evolvability ; 7. Species and Taxonomy ; 8. Chance and Contingency ; 9. Macroevolution ; 10. Molecular Biology and Reduction ; 11. Origins of Life Studies ; 12. Evo-Devo ; 13. Philosophical Issues Arising from Genomics ; 14. Animal Behavior ; 15. Neuroscience ; 16. Teleological Theories of Mental Content ; 17. Sociobiology, Evolutionary Psych, and Cultural Evolution ; 18. Evolution of Moral Norms ; 19. Genes and Society ; 20. The Concept of Race in Medicine ; 21. Ecology and the Environment ; 22. Agriculture and Agricultural Biotechnology ; 23. Biology and Religion ; 24. Feminist Philosophy of Biology ; 25. Rhetoric in Biologyshow more

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