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  1. Normative Ethics Does Not Need a Foundation: It Needs More Science.Katinka Quintelier, Linda Van Speybroeck & Johan Braeckman - 2011 - Acta Biotheoretica 59 (1):29-51.
    The impact of science on ethics forms since long the subject of intense debate. Although there is a growing consensus that science can describe morality and explain its evolutionary origins, there is less consensus about the ability of science to provide input to the normative domain of ethics. Whereas defenders of a scientific normative ethics appeal to naturalism, its critics either see the naturalistic fallacy committed or argue that the relevance of science to normative ethics remains undemonstrated. In this paper, (...)
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    Ins and Outs of Systems Biology Vis-À-Vis Molecular Biology: Continuation or Clear Cut?Philippe De Backer, Danny De Waele & Linda Van Speybroeck - 2010 - Acta Biotheoretica 58 (1):15-49.
    The comprehension of living organisms in all their complexity poses a major challenge to the biological sciences. Recently, systems biology has been proposed as a new candidate in the development of such a comprehension. The main objective of this paper is to address what systems biology is and how it is practised. To this end, the basic tools of a systems biological approach are explored and illustrated. In addition, it is questioned whether systems biology ‘revolutionizes’ molecular biology and ‘transcends’ its (...)
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    Ethics in the Societal Debate on Genetically Modified Organisms: A (Re)Quest for Sense and Sensibility. [REVIEW]Yann Devos, Pieter Maeseele, Dirk Reheul, Linda Van Speybroeck & Danny De Waele - 2008 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (1):29-61.
    Via a historical reconstruction, this paper primarily demonstrates how the societal debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) gradually extended in terms of actors involved and concerns reflected. It is argued that the implementation of recombinant DNA technology out of the laboratory and into civil society entailed a “complex of concerns.” In this complex, distinctions between environmental, agricultural, socio-economic, and ethical issues proved to be blurred. This fueled the confusion between the wider debate on genetic modification and the risk assessment of (...)
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    Reflecting on Complexity of Biological Systems: Kant and Beyond?Gertrudis Van de Vijver, Linda Van Speybroeck & Windy Vandevyvere - 2003 - Acta Biotheoretica 51 (2):101-140.
    Living organisms are currently most often seen as complex dynamical systems that develop and evolve in relation to complex environments. Reflections on the meaning of the complex dynamical nature of living systems show an overwhelming multiplicity in approaches, descriptions, definitions and methodologies. Instead of sustaining an epistemic pluralism, which often functions as a philosophical armistice in which tolerance and so-called neutrality discharge proponents of the burden to clarify the sources and conditions of agreement and disagreement, this paper aims at analysing: (...)
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    “Philosophers and Biologists Exploring Epigenetics”.Linda Van Speybroeck - 2002 - Biology and Philosophy 17 (5):743-746.
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    The Conceptual Challenge of Systems Biology.Linda Van Speybroeck, Philippe De Backer, Joris Van Poucke & Danny De Waele - 2005 - Bioessays 27 (12):1305-1307.
    Report of the symposium 'Towards a Philosophy of Systems Biology' held at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam (VUA), the Netherlands, from 2 to 3 June 2005.
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    Philosophy of Biology: Outline of a Transcendental Project.Gertrudis Van de Vijver, Linda Van Speybroeck, Dani De Waele, Filip Kolen & Helena De Preester - 2005 - Acta Biotheoretica 53 (2):57-75.
    This paper analyses the actual meaning of a transcendental philosophy of biology, and does so by exploring and actualising the epistemological and metaphysical value of Kant's viewpoint on living systems. It finds inspiration in the Kantian idea of living systems intrinsically resisting objectification, but critically departs from Kant's philosophical solution in as far as it is based in a subjectivist dogmatism. It attempts to overcome this dogmatism, on the one hand by explicitly taking into account the conditions of possibility at (...)
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    Philosophy of Science Meets Biological Complexity: Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism Sandra D. Mitchell Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 2003 (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology) (260 Pp; $19.99 Pbk; ISBN 0521520797).Gertrudis Van de Vijver & Linda Van Speybroeck - 2006 - Biological Theory 1 (1):104-106.
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    Complexity Goes Divine.Linda Van Speybroeck & Joris Van Poucke - 2005 - Metascience 14 (2):303-307.
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    Epigenetics: A Survey on Unorthodox Inheritance: Epigenetics C. David Allis, Thomas Jenuwein, Danny Reinberg, Eds Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2007 Epigenetics Jörg Tost, Ed Norfolk, UK: Caister Academic Press, 2008.Luis Ramírez-Trejo & Linda Van Speybroeck - 2010 - Biological Theory 5 (1):96-99.
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    The Baldwin Effect: A Matter of Perspective: Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered Bruce H. Weber and David J. Depew , Eds Cambridge, MA : MIT Press , 2003 (341 Pp; $50.00 Hbk; ISBN 0-262-23229-4).Linda Van Speybroeck & Gertrudis Van de Vijver - 2006 - Biological Theory 1 (2):206-208.
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    Exploring Pauli's (Quantum) Views on Science and Biology.Linda Van Speybroeck - unknown
    Wolfgang Pauli is known as one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century. Next to an intensive treatment of physics, his impressive correspondence with fellow physicists also demonstrates a vivid interest in psychology and biology. Reflections on the mind-brain problem and on topics such as causality and evolutionary theory are readily present. In this paper, some central passages in this correspondence are discussed and linked to more current debates in philosophy of science and philosophy of biology. It is (...)
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    Have a Little Faith in Evolution: Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity From Darwin to Intelligent Design Peter J. Bowler Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.Linda Van Speybroeck & Luis R. Trejo - 2008 - Biological Theory 3 (4):371-374.
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    Philosophy of Biology: About the Fossilization of Disciplines and Other Embryonic Thoughts.Linda Van Speybroeck - 2007 - Acta Biotheoretica 55 (1):47-71.
    This paper focuses on a running dispute between Werner Callebaut’s naturalistic view and Filip Kolen and Gertrudis Van de Vijver’s transcendentalist view on the nature of philosophy of biology and the relation of this discipline to biological sciences. It is argued that, despite differences in opinion, both positions agree that philosophy of biology’s ultimate goal is to ‘move’ biology or at least be ‘meaningful’ to it. In order to make this goal clear and effective, more is needed than a polarizing (...)
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    Complexity Goes Divine: Review of the Significance of Complexity: Approaching a Complex World Through Science, Theology and the Humanities: By Kees Van Kooten and Hans Buhl (Eds), 2005. [REVIEW]Linda Van Speybroeck & Joris Van Poucke - 2005 - Metascience 14 (2):303-307.
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    The Genome in Context: Biologists and Philosophers on Epigenetics.Eva Jablonka, Marjori Matzke, Denis Thieffry & Linda Van Speybroeck - 2002 - Bioessays 24 (4):392-394.