5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great book for any level - if you're game,
This review is from: Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series) (Paperback)
This is a brilliant book in that it is written simply but covers the important aspects of the philosophy of evolutionary biology. This book could be the foundation of a philosophy of biology course at university level, but still would appeal to the layman interested in the thought behind biology. It is more technical than many popular biology books, but that is because it is so loaded with content. It is definately worth buying and persevering with. To frame this assessment, I have studied to postgraduate levels in both philosophy and evolutionary biology and enjoyed the book thoroughly. Friends of mine who are not specialised in this area but have some knowledge of biology also found this book enlightening.
As a comparison Elliot Sobers' the Philosophy of Biology goes over a lot of similar territory and is also well written - I would also highly recommend it. Of these two books which are both excellent, Sex and Death has a more conversational relaxed style and would probably have a more general appeal.
The other good book in this area which I have read is Alex Rosenburg and Daniel McShae's Philosophy of biology and this has a more technical intonation than the other two books mentioned and is definately geared towards philosophy students rather than the public.
Sex and Death is as close as you can come to a simple book popularizing the philosophy of biology.
Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series)(4 customer reviews)