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Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism

Details

  • 14 b/w illus. 5 tables
  • Page extent: 262 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 570
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QH331 .M49 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Biological systems

Library of Congress Record

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521817530 | ISBN-10: 0521817536)

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.

• A collection of essays by a leading philosopher of science • Puts forward the theory of integrative pluralism as the best explanation for the complexity of biological systems

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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