Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Philosophy of Behavioral Biology

Editors: Plaisance, Kathryn S., Reydon, Thomas (Eds.)

  • This is first and only broad volume on the philosophy of behavioral science 
  • Philosophy of behavioral science is the fastest growing field in philosophy of science/biology
  • This volume addresses philosophical topics arising from cutting-edge science and includes papers from both philosophers and scientists
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This volume provides a broad overview of issues in the philosophy of behavioral biology, covering four main themes: genetic, developmental, evolutionary, and neurobiological explanations of behavior. It is both interdisciplinary and empirically informed in its approach, addressing philosophical issues that arise from recent scientific findings in biological research on human and non-human animal behavior. Accordingly, it includes papers by professional philosophers and philosophers of science, as well as practicing scientists. Much of the work in this volume builds on presentations given at the international conference, “Biological Explanations of Behavior: Philosophical Perspectives”, held in 2008 at the Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany. The volume is intended to be of interest to a broad range of audiences, which includes philosophers (e.g., philosophers of mind, philosophers of biology, and metaethicists), as well as practicing scientists, such as biologists or psychologists whose interests relate to biological explanations of behavior. 

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“It is a worthy read for anyone working in the field, as a reminder of the diversity of what goes on in philosophy of biology. … It is good for philosophy students to encounter still-in-development versions of philosophical projects in order to gain a sense of how philosophical projects develop. … represents a worthy contribution to the field and would make a reasonable choice, in terms of content and presentation, for a text for a graduate seminar or upper level undergraduate course … .” (Michael Trestman, Metascience, October, 2012)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • The Philosophy of Behavioral Biology

    Plaisance, Kathryn S. (et al.)

    Pages 3-24

  • Knowledge for What? Monist, Pluralist, Pragmatist Approaches to the Sciences of Behavior

    Longino, Helen

    Pages 25-40

  • Genome Wide Association Studies of Behavior are Social Science

    Turkheimer, Eric

    Pages 43-64

  • Genetic Traits and Causal Explanation

    Northcott, Robert

    Pages 65-82

  • From Cell-Surface Receptors to Higher Learning: A Whole World of Experience

    Stotz, Karola (et al.)

    Pages 85-123

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eBook $199.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy of Behavioral Biology
Editors
  • Kathryn S. Plaisance
  • Thomas Reydon
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
282
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1951-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1951-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1950-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3732-7
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 376
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