How molecular is molecular developmental biology? A reply to Alex Rosenberg's reductionism redux: Computing the embryo [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 16 (1):53-68 (2001)
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This paper argues in defense of theanti-reductionist consensus in the philosophy ofbiology. More specifically, it takes issues with AlexRosenberg's recent challenge of this position. Weargue that the results of modern developmentalgenetics rather than eliminating the need forfunctional kinds in explanations of developmentactually reinforce their importance.
Keywords molecular developmental biology  physicalist antireductionism  functional kinds
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DOI 10.1023/A:1006750126784
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