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Francisco J. Ayala , Robert Arp
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December 2, 2009 1405159995 978-1405159999 1
This collection of specially commissioned essays puts top scholars head to head to debate the central issues in the lively and fast growing field of philosophy of biology
  • Brings together original essays on ten of the most hotly debated questions in philosophy of biology
  • Lively head-to-head debate format sharply defines the issues and paves the way for further discussion
  • Includes coverage of the new and vital area of evolutionary developmental biology, as well as the concept of a unified species, the role of genes in selection, the differences between micro- and macro-evolution, and much more
  • Each section features an introduction to the topic as well as suggestions for further reading
  • Offers an accessible overview of this fast-growing and dynamic field, whilst also capturing the imagination of professional philosophers and biologists

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“All chapters (including the very interesting contributions on the species problem by Claridge and Mishler, as well as the stimulating papers on evolutionary ethics by Ruse and Ayala) serve as an excellent introduction to the most hotly debated topics in the philosophy of biology today.”  (Metascience, 2011)

 

"A brief review like this can scarcely do justice to the richness of the ideas discussed in this text or the considerable care that went into its organization. This is, in short, a very fine contribution to the pedagogical literature on philosophy of biology. The editors are to be congratulated for the thoughtfulness that went into producing this text. May it gain the wide acceptance it deserves." (Science & Education, 2010)

"Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above". (Choice, 1 November 2010)

“Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology is an engaging anthology with many interesting contributions. The strength of the book is the format: two eminent representatives of the biophilosophical community have their say on a pivotal biophilosophical issue.” (

Metapsychology, May 2010)

"A very fine contribution to the pedagogical literature on philosophy of biology. The editors are to be congratulated for the thoughtfulness that went into producing this text. May it gain the wide acceptance it deserves." (Science & Education, March 2010)

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“A greatly needed and welcome contribution by excellent scholars, this book invites newcomers and experts alike to think critically about core issues in the philosophy of biology.”
Roberta L. Millstein, University of California, Davis

Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405159995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405159999
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am a professional technical writer and editor with interests that include: ontology in the information science sense (to learn more about ontology, see the Wikipedia page for a start), data modeling, Western philosophy in general, and philosophy and popular culture. I have done a lot of teaching, researching, presenting, editing, and publishing in the areas mentioned above, and in other areas, too.

See my website at: http://robertarp.webs.com/.

I am author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (MIT Press, 2008); co-author of Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology (MIT Press, in preparation), Philosophy DeMYSTiFieD (McGraw-Hill, 2011), Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well (Continuum Press, 2011), and What's Good on TV? Teaching Ethics through Television (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); editor of 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think (Simon & Schuster, 2013), South Park and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006), Tattoos-Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), Psych and Philosophy (Open Court, 2013), Homeland and Philosophy (Open Court, 2014), The Devil and Philosophy (Open Court, 2014), and Aquinas' Proofs for God's Existence in the 21st Century (Rodopi, 2015); co-editor of Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), Information and Living Systems: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives (MIT Press, 2011), Contemporary Debates in Bioethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Batman and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), Breaking Bad and Philosophy (Open Court, 2012), The Good Wife and Philosophy (Open Court, 2013), The Philosophy of Ang Lee (University Press of Kentucky, 2013), The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams (University Press of Kentucky, 2014), and Philosophical Approaches to the Devil and Related Ideas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

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1.0 out of 5 stars A very bad philosophy volume December 13, 2013
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There is no philosophy in this book (or at least relatively small philosophical argument). 2/3 of the essays in this book is so biological technical that a normal philosophy student could not make sense of. And the other 1/3 is either making minor claim (e.g. micro vs macro evo chapters) or totally off mainstream debates in the respective topic (e.g. evolutionary ethics). On top of that, most essays do not serve the purpose of being symmetrically opposite. They tend to disagree in one small portion of the other view, which do not serve well if the purpose of the book is to give the reader two sides of the debate. Most writer here wrote like the topic was forced to them. They try to stay off the topic and talk about what they want to talk and in the end making small connection with the assigned topic. Most essays here could serve as reading for biology students instead of philosophy students.
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