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The Resource Philosophy of biology, Peter Godfrey-Smith

Philosophy of biology, Peter Godfrey-Smith

Label
Philosophy of biology
Title
Philosophy of biology
Statement of responsibility
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is an introduction to the philosophy of biology. The book provides sophisticated and innovative coverage of the central topics and many of the latest developments in the field. Emphasizing connections between biological theories and other areas of philosophy, and carefully explaining both philosophical and biological terms, Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses the relation between philosophy and science; examines the role of laws, mechanistic explanation, and idealized models in biological theories; describes evolution by natural selection; and assesses attempts to extend Darwin's mechanism to explain changes in ideas, culture, and other phenomena. Further topics include functions and teleology, individuality and organisms, species, the tree of life, and human nature. The book closes with detailed treatments of the evolution of cooperation, of information in biology, and of the role of communication in living systems at all scales
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DLC
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Godfrey-Smith, Peter
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH331
LC item number
.G615 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Princeton foundations of contemporary philosophy
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Biology
Label
Philosophy of biology, Peter Godfrey-Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-178) and index
Contents
Philosophy and biology -- Laws, mechanisms, and models -- Evolution and natural selection -- Adaptation, construction, function -- Individuals -- Genes -- Species and the tree of life -- Evolution and social behavior -- Information
Control code
853313542
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
[ix], 187 p.
Isbn
9780691140018
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013024519
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)853313542
Label
Philosophy of biology, Peter Godfrey-Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-178) and index
Contents
Philosophy and biology -- Laws, mechanisms, and models -- Evolution and natural selection -- Adaptation, construction, function -- Individuals -- Genes -- Species and the tree of life -- Evolution and social behavior -- Information
Control code
853313542
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
[ix], 187 p.
Isbn
9780691140018
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013024519
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)853313542

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