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April 19, 2000

Philosophy of BiologySex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Kim Sterelny and Paul E. Griffiths (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations), 440 pp, with illus, $60, ISBN 0-226-77303-5, paper, $22, ISBN 0-226-77304-3, Chicago, Ill, University of Chicago Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(15):2038. doi:10.1001/jama.283.15.2038-JBK0419-3-1

Sex and Death is a clear and lively survey of the conceptual issues that engage philosophers of biology and philosophically minded biologists. Kim Sterelny and Paul E. Griffith thoroughly examine philosophical problems raised by evolutionary theory and also discuss those raised by molecular biology, ecology, and developmental biology.

The philosophy of biology is a dynamic field, and the authors convey their enthusiasm for a philosophical field well connected with the science it studies. They take biology seriously and treat philosophical issues as continuous with scientific ones. Sex and Death offers rich biological examples, many of which reflect the Antipodean origins of its authors.

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