A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology

Front Cover
Sahotra Sarkar, Anya Plutynski
John Wiley & Sons, Dec 20, 2010 - Science - 616 pages
0 Reviews
Comprised of essays by top scholars in the field, this volume offers detailed overviews of philosophical issues raised by biology.
  • Brings together a team of eminent scholars to explore the philosophical issues raised by biology
  • Addresses traditional and emerging topics, spanning molecular biology and genetics, evolution, developmental biology, immunology, ecology, mind and behaviour, neuroscience, and experimentation
  • Begins with a thorough introduction to the field
  • Goes beyond previous treatments that focused only on evolution to give equal attention to other areas, such as molecular and developmental biology
  • Represents both an authoritative guide to philosophy of biology, and an accessible reference work for anyone seeking to learn about this rapidly-changing field
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Gene Concepts
3
Biological Information
22
1 Schematic diagram of a general communication system
24
Heredity and Heritability
40
1 Norms of reaction of eye size as a function of temperature
42
4 Hypothetical norms of reaction for two genotypes
55
Genomics Proteomics and Beyond
58
Darwinism and NeoDarwinism
77
1 A two signal model of T helper lymphocyte activation
277
Health and Disease
287
Population Ecology
301
Complexity Diversity and Stability
321
1 Different concepts of ecological stability
340
Ecosystems
351
Its Meaning and Value
368
Ethology Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
393

Systematics and Taxonomy
99
1 Phylogenetic trees
105
4 Two cladograms of the same taxa
111
Population Genetics
119
The Units and Levels of Selection
138
Molecular Evolution
157
Speciation and Macroevolution
169
Adaptationism
186
Phenotypic Plasticity and Reaction Norms
205
1 Phenotypic plasticity and reaction norms
206
3 A developmental reaction norm visualization of buffering
216
Philosophical Issues
223
1 Different mechanisms of morphogenesis
228
Development and Evolution
248
Self and Nonself
271
1 Some of the main cell types of the immune system
273
1 The hydraulic model of instinctual motivation
395
2 The Prisoners Dilemma
401
Cooperation
415
1 The Prisoners Dilemma payoffs
416
3 The payoff matrix for cooperative behavior generated through
425
5 The spatial prisoners dilemma illustrating the evolution
427
Language and Evolution
431
1 Incongruous properties of language and ACSs
435
What is Life? 455 Mark A Bedau
472
Laws and Theories
489
Models
506
Function and Teleology
525
Reductionism in Biology
550
Index
568
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Sahotra Sarkar is Professor of Integrative Biology, Geography and the Environment, and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Genetics and Reductionism: A Primer (1998), Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy (2005), Molecular Models of Life (2005), Doubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution (2007); co-author of Systematic Conservation Planning (2007); editor of several books, including The Philosophy and History of Molecular Biology (1996), the six-volume Science and the Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: Basic Works of Logical Empiricism (1996), and the two-volume The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia (2006).

Anya Plutynski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah. She specializes in the history and philosophy of science.

Bibliographic information