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Conceptual Change in Biology

Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development

Love, Alan C. (Ed.)

2015, XVII, 490 p. 54 illus.

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  • Analyzes the philosophical question of conceptual change using the recent history of biology
  • Compares and contrasts key concepts in evolutionary developmental biology and their development since the seminal Dahlem conference on evolution and development in 1981
  • Features the work of philosophers and biologists specializing on evolution and development, many of whom were also scientific participants at the 1981 conference
  • Details novel perspectives on how and why the conceptual landscape has shifted and stabilized in particular ways
  • Offers the most systematic perspective available on the development and diversity of conceptual issues in contemporary evolutionary developmental biology

This volume explores questions about conceptual change from both scientific and philosophical viewpoints by analyzing the recent history of evolutionary developmental biology. It features revised papers that originated from the workshop "Conceptual Change in Biological Science: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, 1981-2011" held at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in July 2010.

In these papers, philosophers and biologists compare and contrast key concepts in evolutionary developmental biology and their development since the original, seminal Dahlem conference on evolution and development held in Berlin in 1981. Many of the original scientific participants from the 1981 conference are also contributors to this new volume and, in conjunction with other expert biologists and philosophers specializing on these topics, provide an authoritative, comprehensive view on the subject.

Taken together, the papers supply novel perspectives on how and why the conceptual landscape has shifted and stabilized in particular ways, yielding insights into the dynamic epistemic changes that have occurred over the past three decades. This volume will appeal to philosophers of biology studying conceptual change, evolutionary developmental biologists focused on comprehending the genesis of their field and evaluating its future directions, and historians of biology examining this period when the intersection of evolution and development rose again to prominence in biological science.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Allometry - Biological Concepts - Biomechanics - Development and Evolution - Developmental Constraint - Evolutionary Developmental Biology - Evolvability - Heterochrony - Hierarchy - Homology - Homoplasy - Integration - Interdisciplinarity - Modern Synthesis - Modularity - Novelty - Phenotypic Plasticity - Philosophy of Biology/Science

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology

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