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In the past century, nearly all of the biological sciences have been directly affected by discoveries and developments in genetics, a fast-evolving subject with important theoretical dimensions. In this rich and accessible book, Paul Griffiths and Karola Stotz show how the concept of the gene has evolved and diversified across the many fields that make up modern biology. By examining the molecular biology of the 'environment', they situate genetics in the developmental biology of whole organisms, and reveal how the molecular biosciences have undermined the nature/nurture distinction. Their discussion gives full weight to the revolutionary impacts of molecular biology, while rejecting 'genocentrism' and 'reductionism', and brings the topic right up to date with the philosophical implications of the most recent developments in genetics. Their book will be invaluable for those studying the philosophy of biology, genetics and other life sciences.Read more
- Presents the most recent developments in genetics and discusses the latest philosophical scholarship in the field
- Situates genetics in the context of the developmental biology of whole organisms, rather than isolating it at the 'molecular level'
- Discusses developments in genetics within a broad and philosophical focus, suitable for readers without a scientific background
Reviews & endorsements
"A valuable resource for students and other readers interested in science and philosophy and the history of these fields, along with modern applications of genetic information, including the bioethics of genomic analysis … Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; informed general audiences."
D. L. Beach, ChoiceSee more reviews
"Griffiths and Stotz have written an important book. It is a bridge between the way scientists traditionally approach their work and the way philosophers do theirs."
Elof Axel Carlson, The Quarterly Review of Biology
"… offers an in depth study of the current lines of thought in the field of philosophy of science and a thorough and thoughtful critical reflection … a relevant book for a diverse audience, including molecular biologists who want to read an in depth philosophical discussion of their field, as well as philosophers of science and philosophers in general."
Kristien Hens, Ethical Perspectives
'This book is intended as an introduction to philosophical issues raised by genetics. One of its many strengths is that it construes genetics very broadly to include all of heredity, including genomics. The range of topics covered is admirable; all standard themes in the philosophy of genetics are treated at an introductory level - reductionism, genetic information, heritability, adaptationism, and so forth.' Sahotra Sarkar, Isis
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- Date Published: June 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521173902
- length: 280 pages
- dimensions: 241 x 173 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- contains: 18 b/w illus. 3 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Mendel's gene
2. The physical gene
3. The behavioural gene
4. The reactive genome
5. Outside the gene
6. The informational gene
7. The evolving gene.
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