Bringing Biology to Life
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781551119908 / 1551119900
  • 300 pages; 6" x 9"
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Bringing Biology to Life

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology

  • Publication Date: March 30, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781551119908 / 1551119900
  • 300 pages; 6" x 9"

Bringing Biology to Life is a guided tour of the philosophy of biology, canvassing three broad areas: the early history of biology, from Aristotle to Darwin; traditional debates regarding species, function, and units of selection; and recent efforts to better understand the human condition in light of evolutionary biology. Topics are addressed using no more technical jargon than necessary, and without presupposing any advanced knowledge of biology or the philosophy of science on the part of the reader. Discussion questions are also provided to encourage reader reflection.

Chapter 1: Aristotle’s Philosophy of Biology
Chapter 2: Darwin’s Darwinism
Chapter 3: The Unit of Selection
Chapter 4: Biological Function
Chapter 5: The Species Debate
Chapter 6: Evolution and Ethics
Chapter 7: Evolutionary Psychology
Chapter 8: Evolution and Religion

Mahesh Ananth is Associate Professor of philosophy at Indiana University South Bend.

—A thorough introduction to the philosophy of biology that can be used on its own or alongside primary texts
—Presupposes no prior technical knowledge of biology or the philosophy of science
—Examines the historical progression of the philosophy of biology, from Aristotle to Darwin to contemporary thinkers
—Addresses central debates regarding species, function, and units of natural selection
—Later chapters discuss evolutionary biology’s bearing on ethics, psychology, and religion
—Review questions are included at the end of each chapter