Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

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This collection of specially commissioned essays puts top scholars head to head to debate the central issues in the lively and fast growing field of philosophy of biology Brings together original essays on ten of the most hotly debated questions in philosophy of biology Lively head-to-head debate format sharply defines the issues and paves the way for further discussion Includes coverage of the new and vital area of evolutionary developmental biology, as well as the concept of a unified species, the role of genes in selection, the differences between micro- and macro-evolution, and much more Each section features an introduction to the topic as well as suggestions for further reading Offers an accessible overview of this fast-growing and dynamic field, whilst also capturing the imagination of professional philosophers and biologistsThe fact that the fly and the beetle do not compete for the same reproductive resources only means that their differences ... The cover of volume 1, issue 1 of Evolution aamp; Development (published in 1999)a€”now one of the two majorjournals in the fielda€”features a photo of a geophilomorph centipede. ... an evolutionary problem that cannot be solved without the help of developmental biology. ... That is, it must be provided by developmental genetics rather than by transmission genetics.

Title:Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology
Author:Francisco J. Ayala, Robert Arp
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2009-11-19


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