Genes: philosophical analyses put to the test.

Karola Stotz*, Paul Griffiths

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This paper describes one complete and one ongoing empirical study in which philosophical analyses of the concept of the gene were operationalized and tested against questionnaire data obtained from working biologists to determine whether and when biologists conceive genes in the ways suggested. These studies throw light on how different gene concepts contribute to biological research. Their aim is not to arrive at one or more correct 'definitions' of the gene, but rather to map out the variation in the gene concept and to explore its causes and its effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages24
JournalHistory and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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