David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:335 - 348 (1992)
The existence claim of a "genetic program" encoded in the DNA molecule which controls biological processes such as development has been examined. Sources of belief in such an entity are found in the rhetoric of Mendelian genetics, in the informationist speculations of Schrodinger and Delbruck, and in the instrumental efficacy found in the use of certain viral, and molecular genetic techniques. In examining specific research models, it is found that attempts at tracking the source of biological control always leads back to the complex state of a cell as a whole, the organizational structure of which is not itself encoded in the DNA. It is argued that the "genetic program" is not an existing biological entity and its philosophical and heuristic status is challenged.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Ulrich E. Stegmann (2012). Varieties of Parity. Biology and Philosophy 27 (6):903-918.
Daniel J. Nicholson & Richard Gawne (2014). Rethinking Woodger's Legacy in the Philosophy of Biology. Journal of the History of Biology 47 (2):243-292.
Similar books and articles
M. Richards (2001). How Distinctive is Genetic Information? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 32 (4):663-687.
Alexander R. Pruss (2009). Programs, Bugs, DNA and a Design Argument. In Yujin Nagasawa & Erik J. Wielenberg (eds.), New Waves in Philosophy of Religion. Palgrave Macmillan.
Russell Powell (2010). The Evolutionary Biological Implications of Human Genetic Engineering. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 37 (1):22.
James Maclaurin (1998). Reinventing Molecular Weismannism: Information in Evolution. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 13 (1):37-59.
Root Gorelick & Manfred D. Laubichler (2008). Genetic= Heritable (Genetic# DNA). Biological Theory 3 (1):79-84.
Claus Emmeche (1991). From Language to Nature: The Semiotic Metaphor in Biology. Semiotica 84 (1-2):1-42.
M. O. (2001). Genetic Prediction: What Are the Limits? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 32 (4):619-633.
Kevin C. Klement (2002). When Is Genetic Reasoning Not Fallacious? Argumentation 16 (4):383-400.
Kim Sterelny (2000). The "Genetic Program" Program: A Commentary on Maynard Smith on Information in Biology. Philosophy of Science 67 (2):195-201.
Vanessa Lux (2008). The Concept of the Gene in Psychiatric Genetics and its Consequences for the Concept of Mental Illness. Poiesis and Praxis 6 (1-2):65-77.
Raphael Falk (2003). Linkage: From Particulate to Interactive Genetics. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 36 (1):87 - 117.
Antoinette Rouvroy (2008). Human Genes and Neoliberal Governance: A Foucauldian Critique. Routledge-Cavendish.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads9 ( #180,115 of 1,679,437 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #111,626 of 1,679,437 )
How can I increase my downloads?