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The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology

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David L. Hull, Michael Ruse, Tim Lewens, Roberta L. Millstein, Robert A. Skipper, Elisabeth A. Lloyd, Robert N. Brandon, Grant Ramsey, Paul E. Griffiths, Karola Stotz, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Alexander Rosenberg, Lindley Darden, Andre Ariew, Kim Sterelny, Maureen Kearney, Francisco J. Ayala, David J. Buller, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Christopher Horvath, Zachary Ernst, Jane Maienschein, Manfred D. Laubichler, Jason Scott Robert, Gregory M. Mikkelson, Sohotra Sarkar, Robert T. Pennock, Robert J. Richards
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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521616713

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  • The philosophy of biology is one of the most exciting new areas in the field of philosophy and one that is attracting much attention from working scientists. This Companion, edited by two of the founders of the field, includes newly commissioned essays by senior scholars and up-and-coming younger scholars who collectively examine the main areas of the subject - the nature of evolutionary theory, classification, teleology and function, ecology, and the problematic relationship between biology and religion, among other topics. Up-to-date and comprehensive in its coverage, this unique volume will be of interest not only to professional philosophers but also to students in the humanities and researchers in the life sciences and related areas of inquiry.

    • Edited by two leading founders of the field of philosophy of biology
    • Truly comprehensive, including only newly commissioned articles by leaders in the field
    • Broad in scope and including issues to do with such topics as ecology as well as the relationship between science and religion
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    "...there is much for a biologist to learn within the covers of this book. Each chapter...is long enough to provide a substantial introduction to each topic without losing the reader in the details." - David A. Morrison, Systematic Biology

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    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521616713
    • length: 544 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 155 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction David L. Hull and Michael Ruse
    1. Adaptation Tim Lewens
    2. Population genetics Roberta L. Millstein and Robert A. Skipper
    3. Units and levels of selection Elisabeth A. Lloyd
    4. What's wrong with the emergenist statistical interpretation of natural selection and random drift Robert N. Brandon and Grant Ramsey
    5. Gene Paul E. Griffiths and Karola Stotz
    6. Information in biology Peter Godfrey-Smith
    7. Reductionism (and antireductionism) in biology Alexander Rosenberg
    8. Mechanisms and models Lindley Darden
    9. Teleology Andre Ariew
    10. Macroevolution, minimalism, and radiation of the animals Kim Sterelny
    11. Philosophy and phylogenetics: historical and current connections Maureen Kearney
    12. Human evolution: the three grand challenges of human biology Francisco J. Ayala
    13. Varieties of evolutionary psychology David J. Buller
    14. Neurobiology Valerie Gray Hardcastle
    15. Biology explanations of human sexuality: the genetic basis of sexual orientation Christopher Horvath
    16. Game theory in evolutionary biology Zachary Ernst
    17. What is an 'embryo' and how do we know it? Jane Maienschein
    18. Evolutionary developmental biology Manfred D. Laubichler
    19. Molecular and systems biology and bioethics Jason Scott Robert
    20. Ecology Gregory M. Mikkelson
    21. From ecological diversity to biodiversity Sohotra Sarkar
    22. Biology and religion Robert T. Pennock
    23. The moral grammar of narratives in history of biology: the case of Haeckel and Nazi biology Robert J. Richards.

  • Editors

    David L. Hull, Northwestern University, Illinois
    David L. Hull is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. The author of numerous books and articles on topics in systematics, evolutionary theory, philosophy of biology, and naturalized epistemology, he is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Michael Ruse, Florida State University
    Michael Ruse is Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of many books on evolutionary biology, including Can a Darwinian Be a Christian? and Darwinism and Its Discontents, both published by Cambridge University Press. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has appeared on television and radio, and he contributes regularly to popular media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Playboy Magazine.

    Contributors

    David L. Hull, Michael Ruse, Tim Lewens, Roberta L. Millstein, Robert A. Skipper, Elisabeth A. Lloyd, Robert N. Brandon, Grant Ramsey, Paul E. Griffiths, Karola Stotz, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Alexander Rosenberg, Lindley Darden, Andre Ariew, Kim Sterelny, Maureen Kearney, Francisco J. Ayala, David J. Buller, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Christopher Horvath, Zachary Ernst, Jane Maienschein, Manfred D. Laubichler, Jason Scott Robert, Gregory M. Mikkelson, Sohotra Sarkar, Robert T. Pennock, Robert J. Richards

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