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Philosophy Of Biology Second Edition (Dimensions of Philosophy) Paperback – 22 Dec 1999

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus; 2nd Revised edition edition (22 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813391261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813391267
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is editor of Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology: An Anthology and author of The Nature of Selection: Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus, as well as many papers on the philosophy of science and of biology. In 1991 he was awarded the Lakatos Award for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science for his book Reconstructing the Past: Parsimony, Evolution, and Interference.


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This work is presented as a book but it is really a collection of writings on the various philosophical problems which come up in biology (with an emphasis on evolution).

That said, Sober does a great job of identifying a list of philosophical problems which come up in biology, stating them very clearly and working through them with a philosopher's rigour.

I found this book useful, especially the sections on the tautology objection to the theory of evolution and also the material on the ontological status of species.

You might also like to look at 'Sex and Death' by Sterelny and Griffiths, for a more recent book on along the same lines.
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In brief this was one of the best books I read in 1995. While the book is
a splendid introduction to an exciting topic, it has numerous special
insights and clarifying presentations. It keeps close to biology demonstrating
some fascinating respects in which biology and its theorists
raise special issues in the philosophy of science. The book
would go well with one of the main philosophy of natural sciences
textbooks.
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Excellent!!!
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