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Philosophy of Experimental Biology : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology - Marcel Weber

Philosophy of Experimental Biology

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology


Published: 30th August 2004
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Exploring central philosophical issues concerning scientific research in modern experimental biology, this book clarifies the strategies, concepts, reasoning, approaches, tools, models and experimental systems deployed by researchers. It also integrates recent developments in historical scholarship, in particular, the New Experimentalism, making this work of interest to philosophers and historians of science as well as to biological researchers.

'I feel that Weber's treatment will move the philosophical discussion well beyond Schaffner's original study ... strength of Weber lies in combining two ideals. First, his philosophical discussion is based on detailed case studies from biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental genetics, and neurophysiology. Second, despite close attention to actual science, Weber always keeps questions from the general philosophy of science clearly in view ... This is a very rich book, dealing with various issues - questions peculiar to experimental biology as well as basic topics from the general philosophy of science ... many of Weber's ideas will serve as a point of reference for future philosophical discussions on molecular biology. Philosophy of Experimental Biology ought to be important for anyone interested in the philosophy of biology.' Biology and Philosophy

Reductionism and the nature of explanations
Discovery: solving biological problems
Scientific inference: testing hypotheses
Experimental systems: a life of their own?
Model organisms: of flies and elephants
Reference and conceptual change: out of Mendel's garden?
Developmental biology and the genetic program: explaining ontogeny
Scientific realism: in search of the truth
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ISBN: 9780521829458
ISBN-10: 0521829453
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 30th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.72