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Philosophy of Biology
By Elliott Sober

Philosophy of Biology

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Philosophy of Biology by Elliott Sober

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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. This drama has centered on evolutionary theory, and in the second edition of this textbook, Elliott Sober introduces the reader to the most important issues 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813391267
ISBN-10: 0813391261
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 22-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Elliott Sober

Ockham's Razors by Elliott Sober Ockham's Razors, Hardback (July 2015)

This book uses philosophy, science and probability to analyse why simpler theories are better than theories that are more complex.

Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? by Elliott Sober Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?, Paperback (December 2010)

Collects philosophical essays on Darwin. This title raises such questions as: Did Charles Darwin reject the idea that group selection causes characteristics to evolve that are good for the group but bad for the individual? How does Darwin's discussion of God square with the common view of him as the champion of methodological naturalism?

Evidence and Evolution by Elliott Sober Evidence and Evolution, Hardback (March 2008)

Elliott Sober explores how the concept of evidence applies to creationism, natural selection and common ancestry.

Adaptationism and Optimality by Elliott Sober Adaptationism and Optimality, Paperback (June 2001)

A systematic treatment of foundational, conceptual, and methodological issues surrounding the theory of adaptationism.

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Author Biography - Elliott Sober

Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is editor of Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology: An Anthology and author of The Nature of Selection: Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus, as well as many papers on the philosophy of science and of biology. In 1991 he was awarded the Lakatos Award for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science for his book Reconstructing the Past: Parsimony, Evolution, and Interference.

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