Some foundational debates in philosophy of biology: Francisco J. Ayala and Robert Arp : Contemporary debates in philosophy of biology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009, xii+426pp, £21.99 [Book Review]

Metascience 20 (2):351-354 (2010)
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What are the main debates in philosophy of biology today? The present book (part of the series Contemporary Debates in Philosophy) attempts to identify and discuss some of the most important of these. The endeavour is, I think, successful; the collection is a valuable contribution to the literature of philosophy of biology. Before discussing some particular lines of thought in the book, some brief remarks on its structure and organization: the book consists of ten parts, each of which is centred around an important issue in philosophy of biology. Like other collections in this series, each part includes two papers arguing for opposing views concerning the central issue, together with postscripts where the authors have the opportunity to directly confront the arguments of the opposition. There is also considerable interaction between the authors in the main body of their papers, short introductions by the editors and lists with suggestions for further reading. This arrangement is the mai ...

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Stavros Ioannidis
University of Athens

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