Philosophy of Experimental Biology

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August 2004



Explores some central philosophical issues concerning scientific research in experimental biology.


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Reductionism and the nature of explanations; 3. Discovery: solving biological problems; 4. Scientific inference: testing hypotheses; 5. Experimental systems: a life of their own?; 6. Model organisms: of flies and elephants; 7. Reference and conceptual change: out of Mendel's garden?; 8. Developmental biology and the genetic program: explaining ontogeny; 9. Scientific realism: in search of the truth; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


Marcel Weber is Privatdozent at the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science, University of Hannover, Germany.


Review of the hardback: 'I feel that Weber's treatment will move the philosophical discussion well beyond Schaffner's original study ... strength of Weber lies in combining two ideals. First, his philosophical discussion is based on detailed case studies from biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental genetics, and neurophysiology. Second, despite close attention to actual science, Weber always keeps questions from the general philosophy of science clearly in view ... This is a very rich book, dealing with various issues - questions peculiar to experimental biology as well as basic topics from the general philosophy of science ... many of Weber's ideas will serve as a point of reference for future philosophical discussions on molecular biology. Philosophy of Experimental Biology ought to be important for anyone interested in the philosophy of biology.' Biology and Philosophy Review of the hardback: 'Marcel Weber's book is extremely interesting. It overviews a huge spectrum of viewpoints and case studies and surely represents a precious account of the state of art of the philosophy of experimental biology. An aspect that ... enriches [the reading] ... is Weber's attempt to always furnish his personal, often distinctive viewpoint.' History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
EAN: 9780521829458
ISBN: 0521829453
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology'. 13 b/w illus. 7 tables. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2004
Seitenanzahl: 376 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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