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Genetics and Philosophy

By Paul Griffiths

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In the past century, nearly all of the biological sciences have been directly affected by discoveries and developments in genetics, a fast-evolving subject with important theoretical dimensions. In this rich and accessible book, Paul Griffiths and Karola Stotz show how the concept of the gene has evolved and diversified across the many fields that make up modern biology. By examining the molecular biology of the 'environment', they situate genetics in the developmental biology of whole organisms, and reveal how the molecular biosciences have undermined the nature/nurture distinction. Their discussion gives full weight to the revolutionary impacts of molecular biology, while rejecting 'genocentrism' and 'reductionism', and brings the topic right up to date with the philosophical implications of the most recent developments in genetics. Their book will be invaluable for those studying the philosophy of biology, genetics and other life sciences.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> Science

Genetics and Philosophy
An Introduction
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 4/18/13
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1107357268
ISBN 13: 9781107357266
Print ISBN: 9781107002128

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