By combining excerpts from key historical writings with
editors' introductions and further reading material, Philosophy
of Biology: An Anthology offers a comprehensive, accessible, and
up-to-date collection of the field's most significant works. *
Addresses central questions such as 'What is life?' and
'How did it begin?', and the most current research and
arguments on evolution and developmental biology * Editorial notes
throughout the text define, clarify, and qualify ideas, concepts
and arguments * Includes material on evolutionary psychology and
evolutionary developmental biology not found in other standard
philosophy of biology anthologies * Further reading material
assists novices in delving deeper into research in philosophy of
Rapid biological advances and new standards of philosophical rigor
are casting age-old questions about the nature and methodology of
the biological sciences in a dramatic new light. By combining
excerpts from key historical writings with editors'
introductions and further reading material, Philosophy of Biology:
An Anthology offers a comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date
collection of the field's most significant works. The text is
organized to provide readers at all levels with a thorough
grounding in the general history, philosophy, and science behind
debates that remain at the heart of the philosophy of biology.
"Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology has selections that make it easy to teach evolutionary theory, clear up common misconceptions, and introduce students to genuinely important philosophical problems." ( Science & Education , 2010)
Alex Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Biology at Duke University. He has published eleven books on the Philosophy of Science including The Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction (2007) with Daniel McShea. In 1993, he won the Lakatos Prize in the Philosophy of Science and in 2007 was the National Phi Beta Kappa Rommell lecturer in philosophy.
Robert Arp is Research Associate with the National Center for Biomedical Ontology at the University of Buffalo and works with the Ontology Research Group at the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences in Buffalo, New York. A Ph.D. in Philosophy from Saint Louis University, he has published in the areas of Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Mind, and Biomedical Ontology.
Personal Acknowledgments Source Acknowledgments General Introduction: A Short History of Philosophy of Biology: Alex Rosenberg and Robert Arp Part I: Basic Principles and Proofs of Darwinism Part II: Evolution and Chance Part III: The Tautology Problem Part IV: Adaptationism Part V: Biological Function and Teleology Part VI: Evolutionary Developmental Biology Part VII: Reductionism and the Biological Sciences Part VIII: Species and Classification Problems Part IX: The Units of Selection Debate Part X: Sociobiology and Ethics Part XI: Evolutionary Psychology Part XII: Design and Creationism