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How Biology Shapes Philosophy
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How Biology Shapes Philosophy is a seminal contribution to the emerging field of biophilosophy. It brings together work by philosophers who draw on biology to address traditional and not so traditional philosophical questions and concerns. Thirteen essays by leading figures in the field explore the biological dimensions of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, gender, semantics, rationality, representation, and consciousness, as well as the misappropriation of biology by philosophers, allowing the reader to critically interrogate the relevance of biology for philosophy. Both rigorous and accessible, the essays illuminate philosophy and help us to acquire a deeper understanding of the human condition. This volume will be of interest to philosophers, biologists, social scientists, and other readers with an interest in bringing science and the humanities together.


'The essays cover a wide and felicitous range of topics … The contributors are a virtual Who’s Who of contemporary philosophers working in the field: Daniel C. Dennett, Philip Kitcher, Patricia Churchland, Samir Okasha, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Karen Neander, and others … Highly recommended.'

Source: Choice

'I was excited to receive and read this book with its stellar cast of contributors. The book is worth the read - many chapters are indeed interesting and informative as standalone pieces and some will prove to be helpful introductions … [It] should serve the profession well as a stimulating and often enthusiastic foray into the overlap between biology and philosophy.'

Anton Killin Source: The Philosophical Quarterly

'… it’s a volume that … will surely provide something of interest for nearly every philosophical reader.'

Shane N. Glackin Source: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

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