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Philosophy of Biology, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Victor Dura-Vila
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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: 0022-362X, 6(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: Values in biology

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

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Week 6: Adaptationism

Godfrey-Smith, P. (2001). Three kinds of adaptationism. In S. H. Orzack & E. Sober (eds.), Adaptationism and optimality ISBN: 0521598362 (pbk ; hardcover); 052159166X, Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 335-357.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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Week 7: Species 

Ereshefsky, M. (1998). Species pluralism and anti-realism. Philosophy of science. ISSN: 0031-824865(1), 103-120.  

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Week 8: Organisms

Smith, S. (2017) Organisms as persisters. Philosophy Theory and Practice in Biology. 9: 14-30.   Available online 

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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. BJPS ISSN: 0007-088255(2), 323-345.  

This list was last updated on 20/02/2020