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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (April 20 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405183160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405183161
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #933,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Nevertheless, this new anthology is a useful addition tothe existing collection of building blocks from which introductorycourses in philosophy of biology are constructed”. (Acta Biotheor, 1 June 2013)

“Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology has selections that makeit easy to teach evolutionary theory, clear up commonmisconceptions, and introduce students to genuinely importantphilosophical problems.” (Science & Education,2010)


"This excellent anthology covers a wide range of biologicaldisciplines and controversies.  It demonstrates the greatvalue of reflective philosophical analysis in interpreting biologyand its claims about human nature.  It is ideal for use inintroductory courses in philosophy of biology."
Richard Burian, Virginia Tech

"Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology is a splendidcollection of papers dedicated to the current issues in thephilosophy of biology. The book is organized around twelve majortopics, with at least two papers for each topic, expressingcontrasting views as appropriate, and all written by leadingexperts. This book will serve well as a text for courses in thephilosophy of biology, and as supplementary reading in philosophyof science and other classes."
Francisco J. Ayala, University of California,Irvine

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By hossiet on Jan. 16 2012
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A collection of book chapters from other books. A good collection of authors, but I haven't read it all yet.
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Excellent with only a few carps May 20 2009
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Wouold have liked brief particulars on the authors in one place (where they teach; their websites to consult for further reading, etc.) Some articles, like the last one on units of selection, seem a little pushy about where this particular field is going as if saying "Jump on board [e.g., the reaction train pulling out of the gene-based selection station] we're leaving." On the other hand, the selection of articles neither slights points of view nor soft-pedals the tendencies of this field to de jour theory modifications.