Reductive Explanation in the Biological Sciences

2016.08.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Marie I. Kaiser, Reductive Explanation in the Biological Sciences, Springer, 2015, 277pp., $129.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.08.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Marie I. Kaiser, Reductive Explanation in the Biological Sciences, Springer, 2015, 277pp., $129.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783319253084. Reviewed by Ingo Brigandt, University of Alberta Do we really need another discussion of reduction in biology? After all, arguments for reductionism and for anti-reductionism have led to a stalemate, and philosophical investigations have come to focus on the topic of epistemic integration. Fortunately, Marie I. Kaiser takes a step back and addresses the question of what an explanatory reduction is in the first place. Rather than maintaining either that reductionism is the ideal for biology or that it is futile, her notion of 'reduction' permits her to acknowledge that various explanations in biology are reductive, while many genuine biological explanations are not. The core questions guiding her discussion are: "What is reduction in biology? (in other words, Which important. . .

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