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Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology [Paperback]

Francisco J. Ayala , Robert Arp

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13 Nov 2009 1405159995 978-1405159999 1
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 biologists

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  “All chapters (including the very interesting contributions on the species problem by Claridge and Mishler, as well as the stimulating papers on evolutionary ethics by Ruse and Ayala) serve as an excellent introduction to the most hotly debated topics in the philosophy of biology today.”  ( Metascience , 2011)   "A brief review like this can scarcely do justice to the richness of the ideas discussed in this text or the considerable care that went into its organization. This is, in short, a very fine contribution to the pedagogical literature on philosophy of biology. The editors are to be congratulated for the thoughtfulness that went into producing this text. May it gain the wide acceptance it deserves." (Science & Education, 2010) "Highly recommended. Lower–division undergraduates and above". (Choice, 1 November 2010) “Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology is an engaging anthology with many interesting contributions. The strength of the book is the format: two eminent representatives of the biophilosophical community have their say on a pivotal biophilosophical issue.” ( Metapsychology, May 2010) "A very fine contribution to the pedagogical literature on philosophy of biology. The editors are to be congratulated for the thoughtfulness that went into producing this text. May it gain the wide acceptance it deserves." (Science & Education, March 2010)


“A greatly needed and welcome contribution by excellent scholars, this book invites newcomers and experts alike to think critically about core issues in the philosophy of biology.” – Roberta L. Millstein , University of California, Davis

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1.0 out of 5 stars A very bad philosophy volume 13 Dec 2013
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There is no philosophy in this book (or at least relatively small philosophical argument). 2/3 of the essays in this book is so biological technical that a normal philosophy student could not make sense of. And the other 1/3 is either making minor claim (e.g. micro vs macro evo chapters) or totally off mainstream debates in the respective topic (e.g. evolutionary ethics). On top of that, most essays do not serve the purpose of being symmetrically opposite. They tend to disagree in one small portion of the other view, which do not serve well if the purpose of the book is to give the reader two sides of the debate. Most writer here wrote like the topic was forced to them. They try to stay off the topic and talk about what they want to talk and in the end making small connection with the assigned topic. Most essays here could serve as reading for biology students instead of philosophy students.
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