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How Biology Works, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Ellen Clarke
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 2: Laws in biology

Beatty, J. (1995). The evolutionary contingency thesis. Concepts, theories, and rationality in the biological sciences : the Second Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, October 1-4, 1993 ISBN: 0822939134, 45-81. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 05/12/2017)   

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Week 3: Models in biology

Downes, S. M. (2011). Scientific models. Philosophy compass. ISSN: 1747-99916(11), 757-764.  

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Week 4: Experiments in biology

Hacking, I. (1988). The participant irrealist at large in the laboratory. British journal for the philosophy of science. ISSN: 0007-088239(3), 277-294.  

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Week 5: Adaptationism

Godfrey-Smith, P. (2001). Three kinds of Adaptationism. in Orzack & Sober (Eds) Adaptationism & Optimality. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 11. 

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Week 6: Values in biology

Longino, H., & Doell, R. (1983). Body, bias, and behavior: A comparative analysis of reasoning in two areas of biological science. Signs. ISSN: 0097-9740: Journal of Women in Culture and Society9(2), 206-227.  

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Week 7: Species 

Ereshefsky, M. (1992). Eliminative pluralism. Philosophy of science. ISSN: 0031-824859(4), 671-690.  

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Week 8: Organisms

Pepper, J. W., & Herron, M. D. (2008). Does biology need an organism concept?. Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. ISSN: 1464-7931; 0006-323183(4), 621-627.  

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Week 9: Genes

Dupré, J. (2005). Are there genes?. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements56, 16-17. - Available online:  

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Week 10: Health

Cooper, R. (2002). Disease. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences. ISSN: 1369-848633(2), 263-282.  

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Week 11: Race

Gannett, L. (2004). The biological reification of race. British journal for the philosophy of science. ISSN: 0007-088255(2), 323-345.  

This list was last updated on 19/01/2018