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Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology) Paperback – November 20, 2003
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This fine collection of essays by a leading philosopher of science presents a defense of integrative pluralism as the best description for the complexity of scientific inquiry today. The tendency of some scientists to unify science by reducing all theories to a few fundamental laws of the most basic particles that populate our universe is ill-suited to the biological sciences, which study multi-component, multi-level, evolved complex systems. This book will be of interest to students and professionals in the philosophy of science
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So much philosophy of science uses physics for its examples that I found it refreshing and illuminating to draw on biology (which is, for many of us, much easier to understand). As a philosopher interested in intellectual pluralism, I found this study one of the very most useful. This is a book written primarily for philosophers and theorists of biology, but it could be read with profit by anyone with a serious interest in these issues.