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Beyond the Land Ethic
Beyond the Land Ethic (April 1999)
More Essays in Environmental Philosophy
J. Baird Callicott - Author

CHOICE 1999 Outstanding Academic Book
A leading theorist addresses a wide spectrum of topics central to the field of environmental philosophy.

A sequel to Callicott's pioneering work, In Defense of the Land Ethic, Beyond the Land Ethic engages a wide spectrum of topics central to the field, including the troubled relationship of environmental philosophy to current mainstream academic philosophy; the relationshi...(Read More)
 
 
Images of Development
Images of Development (January 1999)
Environmental Causes in Ontogeny
Cor van der Weele - Author

Questions the dominant biological approach of explaining animal development as entirely genetic by exploring the explanatory value of investigating environmental influences.

Images of Development questions the dominant biological approach of explaining animal development as entirely genetic by exploring the explanatory value of investigating environmental influences. Van der Weele discusses assumptions, explanato...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Heredity
The Politics of Heredity (July 1998)
Essays on Eugenics, Biomedicine, and the Nature-Nurture Debate
Diane B. Paul - Author

Explores the political forces underlying shifts in thinking about the respective influence of heredity and environment in shaping human behavior, and the feasibility and morality of eugenics.

The essays collected in The Politics of Heredity explore the political factors underlying shifts in thinking about the role of nature and nurture in shaping human behavior, and about the desirability and feasibility of contro...(Read More)
 
 
The Natural Selection of Autonomy
The Natural Selection of Autonomy (July 1998)
Bruce N. Waller - Author

Challenges the deep traditional assumption that autonomy, morality, and moral responsibility are uniquely human characteristics.

The Natural Selection of Autonomy challenges the deep traditional assumption that autonomy, morality, and moral responsibility are uniquely human characteristics. By examining autonomy on a larger scale in the natural world, it clears away the mysteries associated with autonomy claims and shows what is...(Read More)
 
 
Darwinian Natural Right
Darwinian Natural Right (April 1998)
The Biological Ethics of Human Nature
Larry Arnhart - Author

Shows how Darwinian biology supports an Aristotelian view of ethics as rooted in human nature.

"This is one of the best works of its kind that I have read in many years. It is extremely well-written and reads beautifully. Arnhart argues for a Darwinian perspective on morality and human nature generally, combined with an Aristotelian perspective. His argument will be extremely controversial." -- Michael Ruse, E...(Read More)
 
 
Lu Xun and Evolution
Lu Xun and Evolution (January 1998)
James Reeve Pusey - Author

Lu Xun (1881-1936), China's greatest modern writer, remains important today both as an official icon and a patron saint of dissent. This book deals with Lu Xun's struggle to make sense of the "Darwinian Revolution." It illuminates not only Lu Xun's thought, but also the current crisis in Chinese thought caused by the loss of faith in Marxism.

This book studies one of the most important figures in modern Chinese intellect...(Read More)
 
 
Metaphysics and the Origin of Species
Metaphysics and the Origin of Species (July 1997)
Michael T. Ghiselin - Author

This sweeping discussion of the philosophy of evolutionary biology is based on the revolutionary idea that species are not kinds of organisms but wholes composed of organisms.

"As important as Michael Ghiselin's work has been, he is an excellent example of someone who really has not received the attention and acclaim that his work deserves. The most innovative scientists and philosophers think highly of his work and ci...(Read More)
 
 
How to Build a Theory in Cognitive Science
How to Build a Theory in Cognitive Science (April 1996)
Valerie Gray Hardcastle - Author

Articulates a method for integrating the individual disciplines that compose the cognitive sciences so that unified interdisciplinary theories are possible.

How to Build a Theory in Cognitive Science specifies the characteristics of fruitful interdisciplinary theories in cognitive science and shows how they differ from the successful theories in the individual disciplines composing the cognitive sciences. It articulates a method...(Read More)
 
 
Reason, Regulation, and Realism
Reason, Regulation, and Realism (March 1995)
Towards a Regulatory Systems Theory of Reason and Evolutionary Epistemology
C. A. Hooker - Author

This book develops a new naturalist theory of reason and scientific knowledge from a synthesis of philosophy and the new sciences of complex adaptive systems. In particular, the theory of partially self-organizing regulatory systems is now emerging as central to all the life and social sciences, and this book shows how these ideas can be used to illuminate and satisfyingly reconstruct our basic philosophical concepts and principles.

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Issues in Evolutionary Ethics
Issues in Evolutionary Ethics (January 1995)
Paul Thompson - Editor

This book explores historical and current discussions of the relevance of evolutionary theory to ethics. The historical section conveys the intellectual struggle that took place within the framework of Darwinism from its inception up to the work of G. C. Williams, W. D. Hamilton, R. D. Alexander, A. L. Trivers, E. O. Wilson, R. Dawkins, and others. The contemporary section discusses ethics within the framework of evolutionary theory as enriched by ...(Read More)
 
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