In Charles T. Wolfe & Cécilia Bognon-Küss (eds.), Philosophy of Biology Before Biology. lONDON: Routledge. pp. 4-23 (2019)

Charles T. Wolfe
Université de Toulouse Jean-Jaurès
We argue for a conception of ‘philosophy of biology before biology’ which is neither internalist study of biological doctrines, nor a reconstruction of the role philosophical concepts might have played in the constitution of biology as science, but rather a kind of interplay between metaphysical and empirical issues. This should have an impact both on our present understanding of philosophy of biology, given that it is necessarily conditioned by a very specific history and historiography, and on our understanding of how biology as a science of life became unified.
Keywords history of biology  philosophy of biology
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