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By Marjorie Grene, Everett Mendelson

The philosophy of biology should still circulate to the heart of the philosophy of technology - a spot it has no longer been accorded because the time of Mach. Physics used to be the paradigm of technological know-how, and its shadow falls throughout con­ transitority philosophy of biology in addition, in numerous contexts: relief, association and process, biochemical mechanism, and the types of legislations and rationalization which derive from the Duhem-Popper­ Hempel culture. This quantity, we predict, bargains plentiful proof of ways stable contempo­ rary paintings within the philosophical figuring out of biology has turn into. Marjorie Grene and Everett Mendelsohn aptly mix a deep philo­ sophical appreciation of conceptual concerns in biology with an ancient realizing of the novel adjustments within the technology of biology because the nineteenth century. during this e-book, they current essays which probe such historic and methodological questions as reducibility, degrees of association, functionality and teleology, and the variety of matters rising from evolution­ ary concept and the species challenge. at the side of Professor Grene's number of essays at the philosophy of biology, The below­ status of Nature (Boston experiences within the Philosophy of technological know-how, Vol. XXIII) and the occasional essays on those themes which we have now released in different volumes (listed below), this quantity contributes to bringing biology to the heart of philosophical awareness. Everett Mendelsohn, 'Explanation in 19th Century Biology' (Boston stories, Vol. II, 1965). David Hawkins, 'Taxonomy and Information', (Boston reviews, Vol. III, 1967).

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