Episteme

Holism and Reductionism in Biology and Ecology

The Mutual Dependence of Higher and Lower Level Research Programmes

Authors: Looijen, Rick C.

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Holism and reductionism are traditionally seen as incompatible views or approaches to nature. Here Looijen argues that they should rather be seen as mutually dependent and hence co-operating research programmes. He sheds some interesting new light on the emergence thesis, its relation to the reduction thesis, and on the role and status of functional explanations in biology. He discusses several examples of reduction in both biology and ecology, showing the mutual dependence of holistic and reductionist research programmes. Ecologists are offered separate chapters, clarifying some major, yet highly and controversial ecological concepts, such as `community', `habitat', and `niche'. The book is the first in-depth study of the philosophy of ecology.
Readership: Specialists in the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of biology, biologists and ecologists interested in the philosophy of their discipline. Also of interest to other scientists concerned with the holism-reductionism issue.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Holism and Reductionism in Biology and Ecology
Book Subtitle
The Mutual Dependence of Higher and Lower Level Research Programmes
Authors
Series Title
Episteme
Series Volume
23
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9560-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9560-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6076-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5364-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 352
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