John Dupré explores the ways in which we categorize animals, including humans, and comes to refreshingly radical conclusions. It is a mistake to think that each organism has an essence that determines its necessary place in a unique hierarchy. We should reject the misguided concepts of a universal human nature and normality in human behavior. He shows that we must take a pluralistic view of biology and the human sciences.
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John Dupré is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter. He was formerly at Stanford University and the University of London.
[Dupre's] approach also enables us to say, ina full-blooded way, that sociopolitical concerns affect the content of science and vice versa. Dupre's approach thus seems a promising one towards a rapprochement between factions in the science wars. Tim Lewens, Mind This is a fine collection of essays: informed, challenging, and provocative. I have certainly been provoked, but there is much to admire in the collection. Kim Sterelny, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110199247099