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Refiguring Life Revised ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0231102056
ISBN-10: 0231102054
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The focus of these three essays is the role of language and technology in the progress of genetic science. Drawing on a broad spectrum of theoretical work, Keller shows how scientists often operate from preconceived notions in seeking evidence; how it may be possible to reconcile the stability of genetic memory with the seemingly contrary law of increasing entropy; and why terminology introduced by the computer revolution influences recent discoveries in genetic research.

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Clarifying the puzzling confusions and the astounding productivity inherent in the adoption of the metaphor of information in modern genetics, Keller has written a beautifully argued and incisive book. Refiguring Life makes a solid contribution to the growing collective project of the cultural and historical studies of science and technology.

(Donna J. Haraway, author of Modest Witness: Feminism and Technoscience)
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Product Details

  • Series: The Wellek Library Lectures
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Revised ed. edition (April 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231102054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231102056
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is sheer brilliance. The fact that it is taken from lectures may be the reason behind its clear and unpretentious language. But while clear and unpretentious, Professor Keller's reflections shows philosophy, or for that matter academics, in its simplest yet most currently significant form: rather than bombarded with theoretical jargon (read nonsense if you wish), the reader is presented with a history of a specific knowledge (the biologist's explanation of "life" in the early and mid 20th. century). The preface serves as an outline of how to read this book, and, when effective, sets the context for reading any similar epistemological analysis. Unlike many other "postmodern" philosophical works, this book fits beautifully in the context it sets. It is multi-dimensional - feminists, philosophers, biologists, and others will benefit from incisive commentary which is extremely pertinent to their field. As a work which is set (and sets itself) in the context of epistemological relativism, it has one drawback: within the next few years, I expect its relevance to shift, from work of contemporary genius and immediate relevance to harbinger of new epistomological foundations. Still, it is refreshing to read a work of genius by a living person; if you have not realized this yet, I recommend you take a few days to read this book and be enlightened . . .
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