Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Conceptual Change in Biology

Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development

Editors: Love, Alan C. (Ed.)

  • 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
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About this book

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. The Preface has been written by Ron Amundson.

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 ev

olution and development rose again to prominence in biological science.

Reviews

“Conceptual Change in Biology presents and excellent collection of papers, written by some of the most central researchers and philosophers in the field, that situate original biological research in historical context in an engaging and accessible manner. In addition, thanks to the narrative and personal style of various authors the edition allows the reader approaching the current theoretical shift in biology and the conceptual transformations at the intersection between development and evolution, respectively, in a unique and lively fashion.” (Jan Baedke, Acta Biotheoretica, Vol. 64, 2016)

“This book does a very good job of showing how around 1980 scientists from fields as different as paleontology and molecular embryology came together to found EvoDevo. … The book is nicely produced and most chapters well illustrated. … The book is also well bound and will withstand intense use in libraries, labs, and offices. … recommended to both research workers and advanced students of history and philosophy of biology, as well as to evolutionary biologists.” (Lennart Olsson, Biological Theory, Vol. 11, 2016)

“The book is the product of a 2010 workshop commemorating the influential 1981 Dahlem conference that inspired the research program now known as evolutionary developmental biology, or Evo-devo. … theorists who take the time to digest this collection’s offerings will find it a resource worth consuming. … The book’s essays give conceptual and historical context to current debates such as the one over dinosaur integument.” (Leonard Finkelman, Metascience, Vol. 24, 2015)

“This book offers an excellent set of examples of the large extent to which an individual researcher can modify targets, approaches, and eventually interpretations of nature along his or her career … .” (Alessandro Minelli, Science and Education, Vol. 24, 2015)


Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Conceptual Change and Evolutionary Developmental Biology

    Love, Alan C.

    Pages 1-54

  • Adaptive Aspects of Development: A 30-Year Perspective on the Relevance of Biomechanical and Allometric Analyses

    Niklas, Karl J.

    Pages 57-76

  • Do Functional Requirements for Embryos and Larvae Have a Place in Evo-devo?

    Strathmann, Richard R.

    Pages 77-95

  • Is Heterochrony Still an Effective Paradigm for Contemporary Studies of Evo-devo?

    Hanken, James

    Pages 97-110

  • Homoplasy, a Moving Target

    Wake, David B.

    Pages 111-127

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eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9412-1
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9411-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 27, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0561-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conceptual Change in Biology
Book Subtitle
Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development
Editors
  • Alan C. Love
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
307
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9412-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9412-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9411-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0561-3
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 490
Number of Illustrations and Tables
54 b/w illustrations
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