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How Biology Shapes Philosophy
New Foundations for Naturalism

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David Livingstone Smith, Daniel C. Dennett, Alexander Rosenberg, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Patricia Churchland, David Papineau, Karen Neander, Ronald De Sousa, Samir Okasha, Philip Kitcher, Edouard Machery, John Dupré, Luc Faucher, Richard N. Boyd
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  • Date Published: January 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107055834

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  • How Biology Shapes Philosophy is a seminal contribution to the emerging field of biophilosophy. It brings together work by philosophers who draw on biology to address traditional and not so traditional philosophical questions and concerns. Thirteen essays by leading figures in the field explore the biological dimensions of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, gender, semantics, rationality, representation, and consciousness, as well as the misappropriation of biology by philosophers, allowing the reader to critically interrogate the relevance of biology for philosophy. Both rigorous and accessible, the essays illuminate philosophy and help us to acquire a deeper understanding of the human condition. This volume will be of interest to philosophers, biologists, social scientists, and other readers with an interest in bringing science and the humanities together.

    • A one-stop source for the best contemporary work on how biology shapes philosophy
    • Allows the reader to critically interrogate the relevance of biology for philosophy
    • Will appeal to those who want to bring science and the humanities together
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    'The essays cover a wide and felicitous range of topics … The contributors are a virtual Who’s Who of contemporary philosophers working in the field: Daniel Dennett, Philip Kitcher, Patricia Churchland, Samir Okasha, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Karen Neander, and others … Highly recommended.' Choice

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    • Date Published: January 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107055834
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Biophilosophy David Livingstone Smith
    2. Darwin and the overdue demise of essentialism Daniel C. Dennett
    3. Darwinism as philosophy: can the universal acid be contained? Alexander Rosenberg
    4. Animal evolution and the origins of experience Peter Godfrey-Smith
    5. Neurophilosophy Patricia Churchland
    6. Teleosemantics David Papineau
    7. The methodological argument for informational teleosemantics Karen Neander
    8. Nature's purposes and mine Ronald De Sousa
    9. Biology and the theory of rationality Samir Okasha
    10. Evolution and ethical life Philip Kitcher
    11. Human nature Edouard Machery
    12. A postgenomic perspective on sex and gender John Dupré
    13. Biophilosophy of race Luc Faucher
    14. How philosophers 'learn' from biology: reductionist and anti-reductionist 'lessons' Richard N. Boyd.

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    David Livingstone Smith, University of New England, Maine
    David Livingstone Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England. His most recent book is Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others (2011).

    Contributors

    David Livingstone Smith, Daniel C. Dennett, Alexander Rosenberg, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Patricia Churchland, David Papineau, Karen Neander, Ronald De Sousa, Samir Okasha, Philip Kitcher, Edouard Machery, John Dupré, Luc Faucher, Richard N. Boyd

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