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0813308240
Author:
Elliott Sober
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Biological Sciences
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English
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Westview Press (April 4, 1993)
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256 pages
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Among his books are Reconstructing the Past and Philosophy of Biology.

Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series). Among his books are Reconstructing the Past and Philosophy of Biology. A consummate philosopher, Sober begins by explaining that the book is divided in two parts: the first is of more interest to philosophers without a biological background, and the second to biologists who are curious about why philosophers of science are "sticking their nose into" evolutionary theory.

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Philosophy Of Biology book. Philosophy of Biology (Dimensions of Philosophy Series). 0813391261 (ISBN13: 9780813391267).

The philosophy of biology is a subfield of philosophy of science, which deals with epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical issues in the biological and biomedical sciences. Although philosophers of science and philosophers generally have long been interested in biology (. Aristotle, Descartes, and even Kant), philosophy of biology only emerged as an independent field of philosophy in the 1960s and 1970s

Series Title: Dimensions of Philosophy Series. Publisher: Routledge

Series Title: Dimensions of Philosophy Series. Publisher: Routledge. Author: Elliott Sober. Street Date: January 14, 2000. Perhaps because of it implications for our understanding of human nature, recent philosophy of biology has seen what might be the most dramatic work in the philosophies of the ?special? sciences.

Perhaps because of it implications for our understanding of human nature, recent philosophy of biology has seen what might be the most dramatic work in the philosophies of the ?special? sciences.

Philosophy of Biology". Philosophy of Science. philosophy of physics, biology, et. Sober's book perfectly. Department of Philosophy. Birbeck College, University of London. Elliott Sober is among the leading contemporary contributors to. the philosophy of biology. He also has an exceptional ability to. explain difficult ideas clearly. He is therefore very well equipped. prognosis is justified by the present volume. exemplifies this tendency.

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Items related to Philosophy Of Biology (Dimensions of Philosophy Series). This drama has centered on evolutionary theory, and in this new textbook, Elliott Sober introduces the reader to the most important of these developments. Elliott Sober Philosophy Of Biology (Dimensions of Philosophy Series). ISBN 13: 9780813307855. With a rare combination of technical sophistication and clarity of expression, Sober engages both the higher level of theory and the direct implications for such controversial issues as creationism, teleology, nature versus nurture, and sociobiology.

His publications include Ockham’s Razors - A User’s Manual (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Did Darwin write the Origin Backwards? (Prometheus Books, 2011), Evidence and Evolution - the Logic Behind the Science (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Unto Others - The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (with David Sloan Wilson, Harvard University Press, 1998) and Philosophy of Biology (Westview Press, 1993).

Perhaps because of its implications for our understanding of human nature, recent philosophy of biology has seen what may be the most dramatic work in the philosophies of the “special” sciences. This drama has centered on evolutionary theory, and in this new textbook, Elliott Sober introduces the reader to the most important of these developments.With a rare combination of technical sophistication and clarity of expression, Sober engages both the higher level of theory and the direct implications for such controversial issues as creationism, teleology, nature versus nurture, and sociobiology. Above all, the reader will gain from this book a firm grasp of the structure of evolutionary theory, the evidence for it, and the scope of its explanatory significance.
  • Onetarieva
I am using this text in a Philosophy of Biology course on Darwinism together with writings from several other sources including Ridly and Dawkins. It works well in such a situation. While not purely a Phil/Bio book, it does contain information that is pertinent. Also, it is written by a well-established and respected author who specializes in Philosophy of Biology. The book is easy to read and informative. It explores some off-hand topics such as the ability of science to prove adaptationism within evolution (maybe more Phil/Science?). Nevertheless, if used with other texts, I would recommend it.
  • Qus
In brief this was one of the best books I read in 1995. While the book is
a splendid introduction to an exciting topic, it has numerous special
insights and clarifying presentations. It keeps close to biology demonstrating
some fascinating respects in which biology and its theorists
raise special issues in the philosophy of science. The book
would go well with one of the main philosophy of natural sciences
textbooks.
  • Grinin
I will not deny that Elliott Sober's work is illuminating and comprehensive. What concerns me is that his book is not one on the philosophy of biology. Rather, it is a work on the philosophy of evolutionary theory.

Within it's own scope it's fine, although potential buyers should note that there are much better introductions to the subject (see Mayr 1988, 1999 or 2004, Rosenberg 1985, and Sober's anthology: 'Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology'). In addition, Sober's philosophical background makes his writing style unnecessarily complicated, often attempting to impress the reader making irrelevant comparisons and references.

What is most unfortunate is his choice of title. This book does not in any way represent or exemplify the current concerns of the practicing biologist. Sober ignores most areas of biology as if they didn't exist, focusing solely on evolution. Books like this one really harm the discipline of philosophy of biology, as they make the public think that this exciting new discipline can be effectively reduced to the study of evolutionary theory. As a biologist myself, I doubt that more than 5% of all practicing biologists are engaged in traditional evolutionary studies. Since the 1960s, the emphasis has been on the molecular aspect of life, and the philosophy of biology should similarly attempt to address issues arising from molecular concepts and research. A few books have been written that emphasise the molecular and experimental aspect that defines modern biology. See for example Weber's Philosophy of Experimental Biology (2005), or Sarkar's 'Molecular Models of Life'.

For those looking for a general introduction to the philosophy of biology, I would recommend Sterelny and Griffiths' (1999) 'Sex and Death' since it successfully covers a very wide range of biological topics, not just evolution. Books like Sober's 'Philosophy of Biology' are misleading both in their content and in their approach to the subject.
  • Faegal
This book should be a minimum standard required by all biology students.