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Life: A Modern Invention

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2018.04.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Davide Tarizzo, Life: A Modern Invention, Mark William Epstein (tr.), University of Minnesota Press, 2017, 248pp., $27.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780816691623. Reviewed by Charles T. Wolfe, Ghent University Biological life taken as a philosophical object has been discussed in various traditions since the early twentieth century. Some of these traditions, like that which crystallized in the 1960s into the field we now know as ‘philosophy of biology’, are very much with us today. Others, like ‘biophilosophy’, ‘biological philosophy’ (Canguilhem 1947) or Lebensphilosophie (sometimes rendered ‘philosophy of life’), belong now to historically motivated research, although some hold-outs can insist that theirs is a minority current, an alternative and perhaps superior way of investigating biological phenomena. One typical faultline here is Darwinism. That is, defenders of a ‘philosophy of life’ typically distinguish. . .

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