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The Philosophy of Biology (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) 1st Edition

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"this collection of essays can be very helpful ... filled with engaging facts, inferences, competing explanations, arguments, theories and speculations." -- Ashland Theological Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David L. Hull is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. His publications include Darwin and His Critics (1983), The Metaphysics of Evolution (1989), and Science as a Process: An Evolutionary Account of the Social and Conceptual Development of Science (1991).

Michael Ruse is Professor of Philosophy and Zoology at the University of Guelph. He is founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy and on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. His publications include The Philosophy of Biology (1989), The Darwinian Paradigm (1989), Evolution Naturalism (1994), and Monad to Man: The Concept of Progress in Evolutionary Biology (1996).
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Readings in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198752121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198752127
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.5 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think the first reviewer must have been reading a different book. This excellent collection edited by Michael Ruse is the best and best priced anthology I found after examining dozens of possible texts to use in my upper division philosophy of science course. The chapters are fairly short and quite accessible to undergraduates. The editor is fair in presenting a number of perspectives on controversial issues. And readers get a broad survey of the field. The book is hardly slanted to creationism: Ruse is not a believer, though again, quite fair toward belief. A very good survey for college students and the wider educated public.
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Arrived in no time, and despite being a textbook for class, it is a very interesting read.
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From the choice of a vague title to the choice of materials the content of this book is really a subtle attack on science. I describe the attack as subtle because this book, read superficially, makes an attempt to appear as an impartial and an open-minded study of the merits of science as oppose to a theory of supernatural creation. This book is a collection of essays or chapters from books by various authors. Read it if you like but scrutinize it carefully. It omits the strongest material in favour of science, and pasted sections of the more amenable scientists such as Stephen Gould and Ernst Mayr, and slants them towards the ultimate proposition: Science has not disproved intelligent design 100% and so a supernatural creator remains a viable possibility. It does include a chapter that advocates the depoliticising of the stem cell debate. To that credit must be given. It is not clear how that can be achieved, given that many opponents of stem cell research oppose it on philosophical or medical and ethical grounds when they really oppose them on religious grounds. "Philosophy of Biology" is also subtle in giving Richard Dawkins a couple of chapters, and so create the impression that both sides are covered; but the chapters for Dawkin were chosen so that they could be criticized, mainly in the Introduction and the other parts of the book. The use of both "philosophy" and "biology" as part of its title was probably intended to create the subtle message that this book is to be taken seriously because it is about philosophy and science, when in fact, it is about casting doubt on science. Yet, in the Introduction chapter the editor accuses Dawkins of being subtle.Read more ›
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