Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction
(Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)
by Alex Rosenberg, Daniel W. McShea

Publisher: Routledge | Number Of Pages: 241 | Publication Date: 2007-12-22 | ISBN-10: 041531593X | PDF | 1 Mb

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.