The Philosophy of Biology: An Episodic History

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 2, 2004 - Philosophy - 416 pages
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Does life (for the living) differ from that of the non-living? If so, how? And how, in that case, does biology as the study of living things differ from other sciences? These questions are examined through an exploration of episodes in the history of biology and philosophy.
 

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Contents

Aristotle and After
1
Descartes Harvey and the Emergence of Modern Mechanism
35
The Eighteenth Century I Buffon
64
The Eighteenth Century II Kant and the Development of German Biology
92
Before Darwin I A Continental Controversy
128
Before Darwin II British Controversies about Geology and Natural Theology
154
Darwin
192
Evolution and Heredity from Darwin to the Rise of Genetics
221
The Modern Evolutionary Synthesis and Its Discontents
247
Some Themes in Recent Philosophy of Biology The Species Problem Reducibility Function and Teleology
290
Biology and Human Nature
322
The Philosophy of Biology and the Philosophy of Science
348
References
363
Index
393
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DAVID DEPEW is Professor of Communication Studies and Rhetoric of Inquiry at the University of Iowa.

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