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Biotechnology
Biotechnology (July 2009)
Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens
Sean D. Sutton - Editor

Considers the ethics and challenges of biotechnology.

An essential introduction to a controversial yet crucial field of research, Biotechnology surveys recent advances in the field and offers a wide range of opinions for and against expanding this new branch of science. Incisively examining such key topics as therapeutic cloning, genetic enhancement, stem cell therapy, and the use of psychotropic drugs such ...(Read More)

 
 
Evolution's First Philosopher
Evolution's First Philosopher (January 2007)
John Dewey and the Continuity of Nature
Jerome A. Popp - Author

Examines John Dewey’s ideas in the context of evolutionary theory.

John Dewey was the first philosopher to recognize that Darwin’s thesis about natural selection not only required us to change how we think about ourselves and the life forms around us, but also required a markedly different approach to philosophy. Evolution’s First Philosopher shows how Dewey’s arguments arose from his...(Read More)
 
 
Darwin and the Nature of Species
Darwin and the Nature of Species (November 2006)
David N. Stamos - Author

Examines Darwin’s concept of species in a philosophical context.

Since the 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species, the concept of “species” in biology has been widely debated, with its precise definition far from settled. And yet, amazingly, there have been no books devoted to Charles Darwin’s thinking on the term until now. David N. Stamos gives us a groundbreaking, historical ...(Read More)
 
 
The Evolution of Death
The Evolution of Death (October 2006)
Why We Are Living Longer
Stanley Shostak - Author

Argues that death is not unchanging, but rather has evolved over time.

In The Evolution of Death, the follow-up to Becoming Immortal: Combining Cloning and Stem-Cell Therapy, also published by SUNY Press, Stanley Shostak argues that death, like life, can evolve. Observing that literature, philosophy, religion, genetics, physics, and gerontology still struggle to explain why we die, Shostak explores the ...(Read More)
 
 
Leaving Us to Wonder
Leaving Us to Wonder (December 2004)
An Essay on the Questions Science Can't Ask
Linda Wiener - Author
Ramsey Eric Ramsey - Author

Explores the larger social, political, and philosophical contexts in which the current vitriolic science vs. anti-science debates occur.

This exciting collaboration between a biologist and a philosopher explores the meaning of the scientific worldview and how it plays out in our everyday lives. The authors investigate alternatives to scientism, the view that science is the proper and exclusive foundation for thinking ...(Read More)
 
 
Selection Theory and Social Construction
Selection Theory and Social Construction (August 2001)
The Evolutionary Naturalistic Epistemology of Donald T. Campbell
Cecilia Heyes - Editor
David L. Hull - Editor

Top scholars examine the work of Donald T. Campbell, one of the first to emphasize the social structure of science.

In his long career, Donald T. Campbell made important contributions to social psychology, anthropology, sociology, education, science studies, and epistemology. In this anthology, the authors concentrate on his epistemology, in particular his evolutionary, naturalistic epistemology. The four philosophers, two psychologist...(Read More)
 
 
Nature, Design, and Science
Nature, Design, and Science (March 2001)
The Status of Design in Natural Science
Del Ratzsch - Author

Explores the question of whether or not concepts and principles involving supernatural intelligent design can occupy any legitimate place within science.

Although the scientific illegitimacy of supernatural design is typically asserted with enormous confidence and vigor, there has been surprisingly little actual work on such key foundational issues as even what design is and on specific criteria for assessing its ...(Read More)
 
 
Everybody's Story
Everybody's Story (December 1999)
Wising Up to the Epic of Evolution
Loyal Rue - Author
Edward O. Wilson - Foreword by

This exhilarating tale of natural history illuminates the evolution of matter, life, and consciousness. In Everybody’s Story, Loyal Rue finds the means for global solidarity and cooperation in the shared story of humanity.

In a compelling read for anyone interested in where we came from and where we're going, Everybody’s Story offers an exhilarating tour of natural history that illuminate...(Read More)
 
 
Reinventing the Wheel
Reinventing the Wheel (July 1999)
A Buddhist Response to the Information Age
Peter D. Hershock - Author

Suggests that certain Buddhist notions may act as an antidote to the adverse effects of high-tech media.

By uniquely using Buddhist teachings, Reinventing the Wheel assesses the personal and communal costs of our global economic and technological commitments. Hershock urges reinvention of the technological "wheel," and, at the same time, acknowledges the need for new forms of practice suited to our rapidly evolving social, polit...(Read More)
 
 
Function, Selection, and Design
Function, Selection, and Design (July 1999)
David J. Buller - Editor

A complete sourcebook for philosophical discussion of the nature of function in biology.

This authoritative book, written by the leading experts in the field of the philosophy of biology, brings together the defining literature in the debate concerning proper analysis of teleological concepts in biology. The introduction provides a clear and coherent overview to the philosophical progress regarding the nature of functi...(Read More)
 
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