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Darwinian Reductionism : Or, How to Stop Worrying And Love Molecular Biology (Hardcover)

Author: Rosenberg, Alex

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After the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953, scientists working in molecular biology embraced reductionism— the theory that all complex systems can be understood in terms of their components. Reductionism, however, has been widely resisted by both nonmolecular biologists and scientists working outside the field of biology. Many of these antireductionists, nevertheless, embrace the notion of physicalism— the idea that all biological processes are physical in nature. How, Alexander Rosenberg asks, can these self-proclaimed physicalists also be antireductionists?
With clarity and wit, "Darwinian Reductionism" navigates this difficult and seemingly intractable dualism with convincing analysis and timely evidence. In the spirit of the few distinguished biologists who accept reductionism— E. O. Wilson, Francis Crick, Jacques Monod, James Watson, and Richard Dawkins— Rosenberg provides a philosophically sophisticated defense of reductionism and applies it to molecular developmental biology and the theory of natural selection, ultimately proving that the physicalist must also be a reductionist.


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226727295
SKU 202748271
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226727297
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0263
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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