The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology

Paperback | November 8, 2010

EditorMichael Ruse

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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology is an exciting collection of new essays written especially to give the reader an introduction to one of the most vibrant areas of scholarship today, and at the same time to move the subject forward dramatically. Written in a clear and rigorous styleit will give the more experienced scholar much to think about and will also be of great value to the new student of the subject. The handbook covers the history of the topic, then moves into important analyses of contemporary evolutionary thinking, and continues with discussions of genetics and themoral and epistemological foundations of our understanding of heredity. The book goes on to cover ecology, behavior and morality, and does not neglect religion or feminist issues. Finally, it takes up matters to do with language and metaphor. The authors range from the senior and experienced to new and exciting young scholars. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology is a collection that will be of interest to philosophers of science, to philosophers generally, as well as biologists of all kinds. There is no better way to learn aboutthis dynamic field than through the essays in this volume.

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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology is an exciting collection of new essays written especially to give the reader an introduction to one of the most vibrant areas of scholarship today, and at the same time to move the subject forward dramatically. Written in a clear and rigorous styleit will give the more experienced scholar m...

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.68 inPublished:November 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199737266

ISBN - 13:9780199737260

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ContributorsMichael Ruse: Introduction1. David Hull: History of the Philosophy of Biology2. Michael Ruse: Natural Selection and the Structure of Evolutionary Theory3. Andre Ariew: Population Thinking4. Steven Orzack: Testing and Optimality Models5. Denis Walsh: Teleology6. Roger Sansom: Evolvability7. Richard Richards: Species and Taxonomy8. John Beatty: Chance and Contingency9. David Sepkoski: Macroevolution10. Ken Waters: Molecular Biology and Reduction11. James Greisemer: Origins of Life Studies12. Jason Robert: Evo-Devo13. Zac Emst: Philosophical Issues Arising from Genomics14. Stephen Crowley and Colin Allen: Animal Behavior15. Adina Roskies and Ian Gold: Neurocience16. Karen Neander: Teleological Theories of Mental Content17. Matteo Mameli: Sociobiology, Evolutionary Psych, and Cultural Evolution18. William Harms and Brian Skyrms: Evolution of Moral Norms19. Lisa Gannett: Genes and Society20. Robin Andreasen: The Concept of Race in Medicine21. Anya Plutynski: Ecology and the Environment22. David Castle: Agriculture and Agricultural Biotechnology23. Nancey Murphy and Jeffrey Schloss: Biology and Religion24. Carla Fehr: Feminist Philosophy of Biology25. Ana Barahona and Vladimir Cachon: Rhetoric in Biology