Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

Alex Rosenberg, Daniel W. McShea

Routledge
Published December 22, 2007
Textbook - 244 Pages
ISBN 9780415315937 - CAT# RU593X
Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

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Summary

Is life a purely physical process? What is human nature? Which of our traits is essential to us? In this volume, Daniel McShea and Alex Rosenberg – a biologist and a philosopher, respectively – join forces to create a new gateway to the philosophy of biology; making the major issues accessible and relevant to biologists and philosophers alike.

Exploring concepts such as supervenience; the controversies about genocentrism and genetic determinism; and the debate about major transitions central to contemporary thinking about macroevolution; the authors lay out the broad terms in which we should assess the impact of biology on human capacities, social institutions and ethical values.

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