449 pages, b/w illustrations
Rapid biological advances and new standards of philosophical rigor are casting age-old questions about the nature and methodology of the biological sciences in a dramatic new light. By combining excerpts from key historical writings with editors' introductions and further reading material, "Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology" offers a comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date collection of the field's most significant works.
The text is organized to provide readers at all levels with a thorough grounding in the general history, philosophy, and science behind debates that remain at the heart of the philosophy of biology.
'Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology' has selections that make it easy to teach evolutionary theory, clear up common misconceptions, and introduce students to genuinely important philosophical problems.
- Science & Education, 2010
"This excellent anthology covers a wide range of biological disciplines and controversies. It demonstrates the great value of reflective philosophical analysis in interpreting biology and its claims about human nature. It is ideal for use in introductory courses in philosophy of biology."
- Richard Burian, Virginia Tech
"'Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology' is a splendid collection of papers dedicated to the current issues in the philosophy of biology. The book is organized around twelve major topics, with at least two papers for each topic, expressing contrasting views as appropriate, and all written by leading experts. This book will serve well as a text for courses in the philosophy of biology, and as supplementary reading in philosophy of science and other classes."
- Francisco J. Ayala, University of California, Irvine
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