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In Mendel S Mirror

Author : Philip Kitcher
ISBN : 0195348559
Genre : Science
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Philip Kitcher is one of the leading figures in the philosophy of science today. Here he collects, for the first time, many of his published articles on the philosophy of biology, spanning from the mid-1980's to the present. The book's title refers to Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk who was one of the first scientists to develop a theory of heredity. Mendel's work has been deeply influential to our understanding of our selves and our world, just as the study of genetics today will have a profound and long-term impact on future scientific research. Kitcher's articles cover a broad range of topics with similar philosophical and social significance: sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, species, race, altruism, genetic determinism, and the rebirth of creationism in Intelligent Design. Kitcher's work on the intersection of biology and the philosophy of science is both unprecedented and wide-ranging, and will appeal not only to philosophers of science, but to scholars and students across disciplines.

Controversy Spaces

Author : Oscar Nudler
ISBN : 9789027284846
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The notion of controversy space is the key element of the new model of scientific and philosophical change introduced in this book. Devised as an alternative to classical models, the model of Controversy Spaces is a heuristic tool for the reconstruction of processes of conceptual change in the history of science and philosophy. The first chapter of this volume outlines in its initial section the historical trajectory of the dialectical, adversarial approach to the progress of knowledge, from its ancient flourishing and its almost complete oblivion in modernity up to its contemporary revival. Then the main features that characterize the structure and dynamics of controversy spaces are identified and examined. In the rest of the book the reader will find a detailed, fascinating series of case studies that apply the CS model in a variety of scientific areas, ranging from physics to linguistics, as well as the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of historiography.

Conservative Reductionism

Author : Michael Esfeld
ISBN : 9781136728501
Genre : Philosophy
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All properties that exist in the world are functional properties in the sense of causal properties. The authors base a conservative ontological reductionism on this claim and then develop functional reduction into a fully-fledged theory reduction through functional sub-types that are coextensive with physical types, providing case studies from biology.

How Biology Shapes Philosophy

Author : David Livingstone Smith
ISBN : 9781107055834
Genre : Philosophy
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A collection of original essays by major thinkers, addressing how the biological sciences inform and inspire philosophical research.

Psychiatry In The Scientific Image

Author : Dominic Murphy
ISBN : 0262134551
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An analysis of the understanding, classification, and explanation of mental disorders that proposes that psychiatry adept the best practices of the cognitive sciences. In Psychiatry in the Scientific Image, Dominic Murphy looks at psychiatry from the viewpoint of analytic philosophy of science, considering three issues: how we should conceive of, classify, and explain mental illness. If someone is said to have a mental illness, what is mental about it? What makes it an illness? How might we explain and classify it? A system of psychiatric classification settles these questions by distinguishing the mental illnesses and showing how they stand in relation to one another. This book explores the philosophical issues raised by the project of explaining and classifying mental illness. If we are to classify mental illness properly, we must look for causal explanations of what is being classified. Murphy proposes building a methodological framework for explaining mental disorders that lets psychiatry take advantage of, and contribute to, developments in the cognitive sciences. the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - is an impediment to research; it lacks a coherent concept of the mental and a satisfactory account of disorder, and yields too much authority to common-sense thought about the mind. He argues that the explanation of mental illness should meet the standards of good explanatory practice in the cognitive neurosciences, and that the classification of mental disorders should group symptoms into conditions based on the causal structure of the normal mind. If psychiatry is the study of failures of normal human nature, Murphy writes, then it will be on sounder footing if it aims for consilience with the sciences of the normal mind/brain.

History And Philosophy Of The Life Sciences

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132685939
Genre : Biology
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113534312
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The Key Reporter

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ISBN : IND:30000107681300
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Author : Hugh Aldersey-Williams
ISBN : STANFORD:36105121565183
Genre : Science
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The Mankind Quarterly

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