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Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology

Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology

Alex Rosenberg (Editor), Robert Arp (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-18317-8

Apr 2009

464 pages

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$133.95

Description

By combining excerpts from key historical writings with editors’ introductions and further reading material, Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology offers a comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date collection of the field’s most significant works.
  • Addresses central questions such as ‘What is life?’ and ‘How did it begin?’, and the most current research and arguments on evolution and developmental biology
  • Editorial notes throughout the text define, clarify, and qualify ideas, concepts and arguments
  • Includes material on evolutionary psychology and evolutionary developmental biology not found in other standard philosophy of biology anthologies
  • Further reading material assists novices in delving deeper into research in philosophy of biology
Personal Acknowledgments

Source Acknowledgments

General Introduction: A Short History of Philosophy of Biology: Alex Rosenberg and Robert Arp

Part I: Basic Principles and Proofs of Darwinism

Introduction

1. Struggle for Existence and Natural Selection: Charles Darwin

2. Evolution: Eugenie G. Scott

Part II: Evolution and Chance

Introduction

3. Beyond the Reach of Chance: Michael Denton

4. Accumulating Small Change: Richard Dawkins

5. Chance and Natural Selection: John Beatty

6. The Principle of Drift: Biology’s First Law: Robert N. Brandon

Part III: The Tautology Problem

Introduction

7. Darwin’s Untimely Burial: Stephen Jay Gould

8. Adaptation and Evolutionary Theory: Robert N. Brandon

Part IV: Adaptationism

Introduction

9. The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme: Stephen Jay Gould and Richard C. Lewontin

10. How to Carry Out the Adaptationist Program?: Ernst Mayr

Part V: Biological Function and Teleology

Introduction

11. The Modern Philosophical Resurrection of Teleology: Mark Perlman

12. Neo-Teleology: Robert Cummins

13. A Modern History Theory of Functions: Peter Godfrey-Smith

Part VI: Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Introduction

14. Endless Forms: The Evolution of Gene Regulation and Morphological Diversity: Sean B. Carroll

15. Functional Evo-devo: Casper J. Breuker, Vincent Debat, and Christian Peter Klingenberg

Part VII: Reductionism and the Biological Sciences

Introduction

16. 1953 and All That: A Tale of Two Sciences: Philip Kitcher

17. The Multiple Realizability Argument against Reductionism: Elliott Sober

Part VIII: Species and Classification Problems

Introduction

18. Species, Taxonomy, and Systematics: Marc Ereshefsky

19. Spec;iation: A Catalogue and Critique of Species Concepts: Jerry A. Coyne and H. Allen Orr

Part IX: The Units of Selection Debate

Introduction

20. Artifact, Cause, and Genic Selection: Elliott Sober and Richard C. Lewontin

21. The Return of the Gene: Kim Sterelny and Philip Kitcher

22. The Levels of Selection Debate: Philosophical Issues: Samir Okasha

Part X: Sociobiology and Ethics

Introduction

23. Sociobiology: The New Synthesis: Edward O. Wilson

24. The Evolution of Cooperation: Robert Axelrod and William D. Hamilton

25. Darwinism in Moral Philosophy and Social Theory: Alex Rosenberg

Part XI: Evolutionary Psychology

Introduction

26. Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology: John Tooby and Leda Cosmides

27. The Environments of Our Hominin Ancestors, Tool-usage, and Scenario Visualization: Robert Arp

Part XII: Design and Creationism

Introduction

28. Science and Creationism: Donald Prothero

29. Irreducible Complexity: Obstacle to Darwinian Evolution: Michael J. Behe

30. The Flagellum Unspun: The Collapse of ""Irreducible Complexity"": Kenneth R. Miller

“Nevertheless, this new anthology is a useful addition to the existing collection of building blocks from which introductory courses in philosophy of biology are constructed”.  (Acta Biotheor, 1 June 2013)

“Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology has selections that make it easy to teach evolutionary theory, clear up common misconceptions, and introduce students to genuinely important philosophical problems.” (Science & Education, 2010)
  • A landmark collection of standard and significant works in the philosophy of biology
  • Addresses central questions such as 'What is life?' and 'How did it begin?', and the most current research and arguments on evolution and developmental biology
  • Editorial notes throughout the text define, clarify, and qualify ideas, concepts and arguments
  • Includes material on evolutionary psychology and evolutionary developmental biology not found in other standard philosophy of biology anthologies
  • Further reading material assists novices in delving deeper into research in philosophy of biology