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Philosophy of Science for Biologists

Philosophy of Science for Biologists

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Tobias Uller, Kostas Kampourakis, Angela Potochnik, Kevin McCain, Emily Parke, Anya Plutynski, Ingo Brigandt, David Depew, Tim Lewens, Erik L. Peterson, Carol Cleland, Thomas Reydon, Michael R. Dietrich, Carrie Friese, Barbara Prainsack, Michael Ruse
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  • Publication planned for: September 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108740708

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  • Biologists rely on theories, apply models and construct explanations, but rarely reflect on their nature and structure. This book introduces key topics in philosophy of science to provide the required philosophical background for this kind of reflection, which is an important part of all aspects of research and communication in biology. It concisely and accessibly addresses fundamental questions such as: Why should biologists care about philosophy of science? How do concepts contribute to scientific advancement? What is the nature of scientific controversies in the biological sciences? Chapters draw on contemporary examples and case studies from across biology, making the discussion relevant and insightful. Written for researchers and advanced undergraduate and graduate students across the life sciences, its aim is to encourage readers to become more philosophically minded and informed to enable better scientific practice. It is also an interesting and pertinent read for philosophers of science.

    • Assumes no previous background or training in philosophy
    • Presents key philosophical topics using contemporary examples from biology
    • Includes contributions from authors from a broad range of philosophical backgrounds
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    • Publication planned for: September 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108740708
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Why should biologists care about philosophy of science? Tobias Uller and Kostas Kampourakis
    2. What constitutes an explanation in biology? Angela Potochnik
    3. What is biological knowledge? Kevin McCain
    4. What is the nature theories and models in biology? Emily Parke and Anya Plutynski
    5. How are biology concepts used and transformed? Ingo Brigandt
    6. Why does it matter that many biology concepts are metaphors? Kostas Kampourakis
    7. How do concepts contribute to scientific advancement? Evolutionary biology as a case study David Depew
    8. How can conceptual analysis contribute to scientific practice? The case of cultural evolution Tim Lewens
    9. What methods do life scientists use? A brief history with philosophical implications Erik L. Peterson
    10. Is it possible to scientifically reconstruct the history of life on earth? The biological sciences and deep time Carol Cleland
    11. What is the basis of biological classification? The search for natural systems Thomas Reydon
    12. What is the nature of scientific controversies in the biological sciences? Michael R. Dietrich
    13. What is the relation between facts and values in biological science? Biology in society Carrie Friese and Barbara Prainsack
    14. A philosopher in the age of creationism: What have I learned after fifty years doing philosophy of biology that I want to pass on to biologists Michael Ruse
    15. How can we teach philosophy of science to biologists? Kostas Kampourakis and Tobias Uller.

  • Editors

    Kostas Kampourakis, Université de Genève
    Kostas Kampourakis is the author and editor of books about evolution, genetics, philosophy, and history of science, and the editor of the Cambridge book series Understanding Life. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Science & Education, and the book series Science: Philosophy, History and Education. He is currently a researcher at the University of Geneva, where he also teaches at the Section of Biology and the University Institute for Teacher Education (http://kampourakis.com).

    Tobias Uller, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
    Tobias Uller is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Lund University, Sweden. He works on the relationships between development, heredity and evolution, using an integrative approach guided by mathematical modelling and conceptual analysis. He has held fellowships in the UK, the USA, and Sweden, and was the 2018 recipient of the Tage Erlander Prize, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science for research in Natural Sciences and Technology.

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    Tobias Uller, Kostas Kampourakis, Angela Potochnik, Kevin McCain, Emily Parke, Anya Plutynski, Ingo Brigandt, David Depew, Tim Lewens, Erik L. Peterson, Carol Cleland, Thomas Reydon, Michael R. Dietrich, Carrie Friese, Barbara Prainsack, Michael Ruse

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