Philosophy of biology: A contemporary introduction


Is life a purely physical process? What is human nature? Which of our traits is essential to us? In this volume, Daniel McShea and Alex Rosenberg - a biologist and a philosopher, respectively - join forces to create a new gateway to the philosophy of biology; making the major issues accessible and relevant to biologists and philosophers alike. Exploring concepts such as supervenience; the controversies about genocentrism and genetic determinism; and the debate about major transitions central to contemporary thinking about macroevolution; the authors lay out the broad terms in which we should assess the impact of biology on human capacities, social institutions and ethical values.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosenberg, A; McShea, DW

Published Date

  • December 21, 2007

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 241

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0203926994

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780203926994

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4324/9780203926994

Citation Source

  • Scopus