Philosophy of Biology

Editor/Author Godfrey-Smith, Peter
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press

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ISBN: 978-0-69-114001-8
Category: Science - Biology
Image Count: 3
Book Status: Available
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Emphasizing connections between biological theories and other areas of philosophy, and carefully explaining both philosophical and biological terms, Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses the relation between philosophy and science; examines the role of laws, mechanistic explanation, and idealized models in biological theories; describes evolution by natural selection; and assesses attempts to extend Darwin's mechanism to explain changes in ideas, culture, and other phenomena.

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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter one: Philosophy and Biology
  • Chapter two: Laws, Mechanisms, and Models
  • Chapter three: Evolution and Natural Selection
  • Chapter four: Adaptation, Construction, Function
  • Chapter five: Individuals
  • Chapter six: Genes
  • Chapter seven: Species and the Tree of Life
  • Chapter eight: Evolution and Social Behavior
  • Chapter nine: Information
  • References