Book ID: CBB001550598

Conceptual Change in Biology: Scientific And Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development (2015)


Love, Alan Christopher (Author)


Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: xvii + 490 pp.; ill.
Language: English

This volume explores questions about conceptual change from both scientific and philosophical viewpoints by analyzing the recent history of evolutionary developmental biology. It features revised papers that originated from the workshop "Conceptual Change in Biological Science: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, 1981-2011" held at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in July 2010. In these papers, philosophers and biologists compare and contrast key concepts in evolutionary developmental biology and their development since the original, seminal Dahlem conference on evolution and development held in Berlin in 1981. Many of the original scientific participants from the 1981 conference are also contributors to this new volume and, in conjunction with other expert biologists and philosophers specializing on these topics, provide an authoritative, comprehensive view on the subject. Taken together, the papers supply novel perspectives on how and why the conceptual landscape has shifted and stabilized in particular ways, yielding insights into the dynamic epistemic changes that have occurred over the past three decades. This volume will appeal to philosophers of biology studying conceptual change, evolutionary developmental biologists focused on comprehending the genesis of their field and evaluating its future directions, and historians of biology examining this period when the intersection of evolution and development rose again to prominence in biological science.

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Review Leonard Finkelman (2015) Review of "Conceptual Change in Biology: Scientific And Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development". Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 409-412). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Maienschein, Jane A.
Hull, David L.
Creath, Richard
Ruse, Michael
Robert, Jason Scott
Wimsatt, William C.
Biology and Philosophy
Journal of the History of Biology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biological Theory
History of Science
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University
World Scientific
Blackwell Publishers
University of Pittsburgh
Philosophy of biology
Philosophy of science
Developmental biology
Levins, Richard
Darwin, Charles Robert
Mill, John Stuart
Spencer, Herbert
Neander, Karen
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
21st century
United States

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