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Genetics and Reductionism

Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

By: Sahotra Sarkar

246 pages, 17 line illus

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 1998 | #100655 | ISBN: 0521637139
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Hardback | Dec 1998 | #100653 | ISBN: 0521631467
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About this book

What does it really mean to call something `genetic'? This is the fundamental question that Sahotra Sarkar's book addresses. The author analyses the nature of reductionism in classical and molecular genetics and shows that there are two radically different kinds of reductionist explanation: genetic reduction (as found in classical genetics) and physical reduction (found in molecular genetics).


Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Types of reduction: formal issues; 3. Types of reduction: substantive issues; 4. The obsession with heritability; 5. Reduction and classical genetics; 6. Reduction and molecular biology; 7. Concluding polemics; Notes; References; Index.

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