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Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology : The Epistemology of Development, Evolution, and Genetics - Richard M. Burian

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

The Epistemology of Development, Evolution, and Genetics


Published: 1st October 2004
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Collected for the first time in a single volume are essays which examine the developments in three fundamental biological disciplines - embryology, evolutionary biology, and genetics. These disciplines were in conflict for much of the twentieth century and the essays in this collection examine key methodological problems within these disciplines and the difficulties faced in overcoming the conflicts between them. Burian skilfully weaves together historical appreciation of the settings within which scientists work, substantial knowledge of the biological problems at stake and the methodological and philosophical issues faced in integrating biological knowledge drawn from disparate sources. The final chapter describes what recent findings in development biology and genetics can tell us about the history and development of animals. Written in a clear, accessible style this collection should appeal to students and professionals in philosophy of science, and the philosophy and history of biology.

"for those willing to invest some time, the rewards of this volume are considerable: Burian presents a nuanced account of a number of important developments in 20th century biology." - Todd Grantham, College of Charleston

General introduction
Methodological Issues
How the choice of experimental organism matters
Unification and coherence as methodological objectives in the biological sciences
The influence of the evolutionary paradigm
'Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution' (Theodosius Dobzhansky)
Genetics and Molecular Biology
On conceptual change in biology
Technique, task definition, and the transition from genetics to molecular genetics
Too many kinds of genes
Lillie's paradox - or, some hazards of cellular geography
On conflicts between genetic and developmental viewpoints
Reconceiving animals and their evolution
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ISBN: 9780521836753
ISBN-10: 0521836751
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.6