Recent Work in The Philosophy of Biology

Analysis 77 (2):anx032 (2017)

Authors
Christopher J. Austin
Oxford University
Abstract
The biological sciences have always proven a fertile ground for philosophical analysis, one from which has grown a rich tradition stemming from Aristotle and flowering with Darwin. And although contemporary philosophy is increasingly becoming conceptually entwined with the study of the empirical sciences with the data of the latter now being regularly utilised in the establishment and defence of the frameworks of the former, a practice especially prominent in the philosophy of physics, the development of that tradition hasn’t received the wider attention it so thoroughly deserves. This review will briefly introduce some recent significant topics of debate within the philosophy of biology, focusing on those whose metaphysical themes (in everything from composition to causation) are likely to be of wide-reaching, cross-disciplinary interest.
Keywords Philosophy of Biology  Recent Work
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2017
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

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

Thinking About Mechanisms.Peter K. Machamer, Lindley Darden & Carl F. Craver - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (1):1-25.
Explanation: A Mechanist Alternative.William Bechtel - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Biol and Biomed Sci 36 (2):421--441.
What Makes a Scientific Explanation Distinctively Mathematical?Marc Lange - 2013 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 64 (3):485-511.
Causation as Influence.David Lewis - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (4):182-197.

View all 119 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

What Philosophy of Biology Should Be.Thomas Pradeu - 2011 - Biology and Philosophy 26 (1):119-127.
Again, What the Philosophy of Biology is Not.Werner Callebaut - 2005 - Acta Biotheoretica 53 (2):93-122.
Philosophical Issues in Experimental Biology.Ingo Brigandt - 2006 - Biology and Philosophy 21 (3):423–435.
Critical Notice.Christopher di Carlo - 2001 - Biology and Philosophy 16 (1):117-130.
Debates in Philosophy of Biology: One Long Argument, or Many?Catherine Kendig - 2011 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (1):73 - 81.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-04-18

Total views
151 ( #45,558 of 2,236,133 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
19 ( #35,380 of 2,236,133 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature