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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Mapping the Future of Biology

Evolving Concepts and Theories

Editors: Barberousse, Anouk, Morange, Michel, Pradeu, Thomas (Eds.)

  • Includes some recently discovered phenomena, such as molecular noise
  • For the first time ever, this reference offers self reflections and exchanges of views on practice and theoretical attitudes by important participants in recent biological debates
  • Will be a key reference work for biologists and philosophers of biology
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About this book

This volume is the best available tool to compare and appraise the different approaches of today’s biology and their conceptual frameworks, serving as a springboard for new research on a clarified conceptual basis. It is expected to constitute a key reference work for biologists and philosophers of biology, as well as for all scientists interested in understanding what is at stake in the present transformations of biological models and theories. The volume is distinguished by including, for the first time, self-reflections and exchanges of views on practice and theoretical attitudes by important participants in recent biological debates. The questions of how biological models and theories are constructed, how concepts are chosen and how different models can be articulated, are asked. Then the book explores some of these convergences between different models or theoretical frameworks. Confronting views on adaptive complexity are investigated, as well as the role of self-organization in evolution; niche construction meets developmental biology; the promises of the emergent field of ecological-evolutionary-development are examined. In sum, this book is a marvellous account of the dynamism of today’s theoretical biology.

Reviews

From the reviews: “This book includes an interesting collection of papers written by a group of first-rate philosophers and biologists. … This book is a success as it contains worthy contributions. … very valuable for the serious student of biology.” (Davide Vecchi, Metapsychology Online Reviews, February, 2010) “This book attempts a challenging integration of recent theoretical concepts in the fields of ecological-evolutionary-development. … the appeal of this book will be mostly to biological philosophers and … systems scientists.” (A. J. J. Lynch, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 17, June, 2010)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Barberousse, Anouk (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Articulating Different Modes of Explanation: The Present Boundary in Biological Research

    Morange, Michel

    Pages 15-26

  • Compromising Positions: The Minding\newline of Matter

    Oyama, Susan

    Pages 27-46

  • Abstractions, Idealizations, and Evolutionary Biology

    Godfrey-Smith, Peter

    Pages 47-56

  • The Adequacy of Model Systems for Evo-Devo: Modeling the Formation of Organisms/ Modeling the Formation of Society

    Gilbert, Scott F.

    Pages 57-68

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9636-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9635-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8175-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mapping the Future of Biology
Book Subtitle
Evolving Concepts and Theories
Editors
  • Anouk Barberousse
  • Michel Morange
  • Thomas Pradeu
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
266
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9636-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9636-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9635-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8175-9
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 173
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