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Comprised of essays by top scholars in the field, this volume offers detailed overviews of philosophical issues raised by biology. * Brings together a team of eminent scholars to explore the philosophical issues raised by biology * Addresses traditional and emerging topics, spanning molecular biology and genetics, evolution, developmental biology, immunology, ecology, mind and behaviour, neuroscience, and experimentation * Begins with a thorough introduction to the field * Goes beyond previous treatments that focused only on evolution to give equal attention to other areas, such as molecular and developmental biology * Represents both an authoritative guide to philosophy of biology, and an accessible reference work for anyone seeking to learn about this rapidly-changing field

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"This book is a companion to the philosophy of biology, and it notonly should be of interest to scholars in philosophy of biology, but it also may be utilized by classroom educators teaching coursesin philosophy of biology, theoretical biology, and evolutionarytheory." (Science & Education, April 2010)

"Many of the discussions here start with a definition of termsand a historical context of the subject before delving into thedeeper philosophical issues, making it a useful reference forstudents of biology as well as philosophy." (NortheasternNaturalist, April 2008)

"The topics that are addressed are done so well. This book willappeal to the advanced student and knowledgeable amateur and mayprove useful catalyst for discussion among research teams or thoseengaged in cross-disciplinary studies." (Reference Reviews, February 2009)

"Sarkar and Plutynski have compiled a series of essays about thephilosophical implications of traditional and emergent biologicalstudies. Among the areas discussed are genetics, immunology andevolutionary psychology." (Columbia College Today AlumniMagazine, February 2009)

"A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology will be a veryuseful guide not only for philosophers but also for historians, sociologists and biologists. Its greatest asset is that it expandsbeyond the scope of recently published textbooks in philosophy ofbiology by including a detailed treatment of philosophical aspectsof medicine, ecology, mind and behavior and that it places thethemes in their historic context. The diversity of areas coveredwill appeal to students of general interest as well as specialists.Especially helpful is that most chapters end with an extended'Reference' and often an additional 'Further reading' section thatwill allow readers to research the individual topics in greaterdepth." (Metapsychology Reviews Online)

"The book is similar to, though different enough to distinguishitself from, its closest kin, The Oxford Handbook of thePhilosophy of Biology, edited by Michael Ruse (2008), andThe Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, editedby David Hull and Michael Ruse. They do not offer essays onlanguage, biodiversity, or models, which are included in thepresent volume. Recommended." (Choice, November 2008)

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Sahotra Sarkar is Professor of Integrative Biology, Geography and the Environment, and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Genetics and Reductionism: A Primer (1998), Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy (2005), Molecular Models of Life (2005), Doubting Darwin? Creationist Designs on Evolution (2007); co-author of Systematic Conservation Planning (2007); editor of several books, including The Philosophy and History of Molecular Biology (1996), the six-volume Science and the Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: Basic Works of Logical Empiricism (1996), and the two-volume The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia (2006). Anya Plutynski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah. She specializes in the history and philosophy of science.

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