Genetics and Philosophy: an Introduction

Paul Griffiths, Karola Stotz

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In the past century, nearly all of the biological sciences have been directly affected by discoveries and developments in genetics, a fast-evolving subject with important theoretical dimensions. in this rich and accessible book, Paul Griffiths and Karola Stotz show how the concept of the gene has evolved and diversified across the many fields that make up modern biology. By examining the molecular biology of the 'environment', they situate genetics in the developmental biology of whole organisms, and reveal how the molecular biosciences have undermined the nature/nurture distinction. Their discussion gives full weight to the revolutionary impacts of molecular biology, while rejecting 'genocentrism' and 'reductionism', and brings the topic right up to date with the philosophical implications of the most recent developments in genetics. Their book will be invaluable for those studying the philosophy of biology, genetics and other life sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
Number of pages270
ISBN (Electronic)9780511744082
ISBN (Print)9781107002128
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Biology


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