Philosophy of Biology

2014.10.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Godfrey-Smith, Philosophy of Biology, Princeton University Press, 2014, 187pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691140018.
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2014.10.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Godfrey-Smith, Philosophy of Biology, Princeton University Press, 2014, 187pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691140018. Reviewed by Brian Garvey, Lancaster University Writing an introductory textbook on philosophy, or on some branch thereof, presents difficulties that, I would suggest, don't arise to anywhere near the same extent in other disciplines. In philosophy it is hard, and probably impossible, to get agreement among qualified practitioners either on substantive points, or on what the noteworthy positions are, or even on what questions are worth asking. Writing a textbook on philosophy of biology has its own particular challenges, since it potentially aims at two very different audiences. Philosophy and biology students may be unfamiliar with the concepts and ways of working of each other's disciplines. Moreover, much of the subject matter of philosophy of biology overlaps with the subject matter of. . .

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