Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Nature's Purposes: Analyses of Function and Design in Biology (Bradford Books) [Hardcover]

Colin Allen


Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Paperback 27.01  
Amazon.co.uk Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Amazon.co.uk Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.

Book Description

4 Jun 1998 Bradford Books
Within the natural sciences, only biologists take seriously teleological statements about design, purpose and adaptive function. Some biologists claim that to understand the complex morphological and behavioural traits of organisms we must say what they are for, which is to give a teleological explanation of why organisms have them. Others argue that the theory of natural selection, in providing statistical explanations for the same phenomena, obviates any need for teleological thinking. If teleology cannot be eliminated from biology, it raises fundamental questions about the nature of biological explanation and about the relationship of biology to the rest of science. To account for "nature's purposes" is arguably the most important basic issue in the philosophy of biology. This volume aims to provide a guide to the discussion among biologists and philosophers about the role of concepts such as function and design in an evolutionary understanding of life. All of the contributors examine biological teleology from a naturalistic perspective, most of them maintain that teleological claims in biology both describe and explain something - but opinions vary as to exactly what is explained and how.

Product details


More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

About the Author

Colin Allen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A & M University. Marc Bekoff is Professor in the Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. George Lauder is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.co.uk.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed if you're going to write on functions... 5 Feb 2004
By Brandon N. Towl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent anthology if you are beginning to do research on functions, or just any research in the philosophy of biology. It has many classic papers, and is balanced in point of view-- overall, a great starting place.
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
ARRAY(0xa4a3b6fc)

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback