What the Philosophy of Biology Is: Essays dedicated to David by Michael Ruse (auth.), Michael Ruse (eds.)

By Michael Ruse (auth.), Michael Ruse (eds.)

Philosophers of technological know-how often bemoan (or cheer) the truth that this present day, with the meant cave in of logical empiricism, there are actually ;;10 grand structures. despite the fact that, even supposing this mayor will not be actual, and if precise mayor will not be a reason for pride, not anyone should still finish that the philosophy of technology has flooring to a halt, its difficulties exhausted and its practioners dispirited. actually, during this publish­ Kuhnian age the topic hasn't ever been extra alive, as we paintings with enthusiasm on distinct issues, historic and conceptual. And no subject has grown and thrived fairly just like the philosophy of biology, which now has many scholars within the box generating high quality articles and monographs. The luck of this topic is due chiefly to the paintings and impact of 1 guy: David Hull. In his personal writings and within the aid he has given to others, he has proven precise management, within the top Platonic feel. it truly is now 20 years given that Hull fnt gave his seminal paper 'What the philosophy of biology is not', and to mark that time and to teach our admire, gratitude and affection to its writer, a couple of us who owe a lot to Hull determined to supply a quantity of essays on and round issues to which Hull has spoken.

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The structure 01 biological science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. B. (1986). Discussion: fitness as primitive and propensity. Philosophy ofScience 53: 412-418. , Brockmann J. (1987). What is bet-hedging? Oxford Surveys in Evoilltionary Biology 4: 182-211. Sober E. (1984). The nature 01 selection: a philosophical inquiry. Cambridge: MIT Press. M. (1953). Components of fitness. Symposia ollhe Society lor Experimental Biology 7: 96-113. f Anatomy and Cell Biology. University ofIllinois. O.

A species can be defmed as an irreducible cluster of organisms, within which there is a parental pattern of ancestry and descent, and which is diagnosably distinct from other such clusters' (Cracraft 1987: 341; see also 1983: 170). 2a) 'Species are groups of interbreeding natural populations that are reproductively isolated from other such groups' (Mayr 1970: 12). b) 'A species is a lineage (or closely related set of lineages) which occupies an adaptive zone minimally different from that of any other lineage in its range and which evolves separately from all lineages outside its range' (Van Valen 1976: 233).

Philosophy ofScience 53: 412-418. , Brockmann J. (1987). What is bet-hedging? Oxford Surveys in Evoilltionary Biology 4: 182-211. Sober E. (1984). The nature 01 selection: a philosophical inquiry. Cambridge: MIT Press. M. (1953). Components of fitness. Symposia ollhe Society lor Experimental Biology 7: 96-113. f Anatomy and Cell Biology. University ofIllinois. O. Box 6998. IL 60680. A. Species playa central role in evolutionary biology. They are generally the locus of most discussions of taxonomic and structural diversity.

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