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Embryology, Epigenesis and Evolution: Taking Development Seriously

By: Jason Scott Robert

158 pages, Figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2006 | #162309 | ISBN: 0521030862
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Hardback | Mar 2004 | #144098 | ISBN: 0521824672
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Explores the nature of development in the light of current trends in biological theory and practice and looks at the interrelations between development and evolution (evo-devo), an area of lively current interest.

'The dust jacket of Embryology, Epigenesis, and Evolution suggests a target audience of philosophers of science and of biology, but I hope the book will be more widely read. It might start a productive exchange between biologists and philosophers on how to overcome the limitations of our knowledge.' Science '... exceptionally lucid'. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 'Robert is a well published philosopher of biology who has tackled what he sees as genomania in the disciplines of developmental and evolutionary biology. ... Robert switches back and forth from philosophical analysis to biological examples, which I found to be an interesting and intellectually stimulating format. ... Robert presents his arguments clearly and concisely ... I recommend that you read this book for its philosophical analyses and, if you are not already, start taking development seriously.' TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution


List of figures; Preface; 1. The problem of development; 2. Exemplars; 3. Scylla and Charybdis; 4. Constitutive epigenetics; 5. Creative development; 6. A new synthesis?; 7. The devil is in the Gestalt; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.

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