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Reductionism and Developmental Molecular Biology

in Darwinian Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226727295
eISBN:
9780226727318
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter argues that the sudden success of molecular developmental biology will turn reductionism from an exercise in philosophical handwaving into “normal science.” It shows that before ... More


Are There Really Informational Genes and Developmental Programs?

in Darwinian Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226727295
eISBN:
9780226727318
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The motivation for seeking a refutation of the claimed uniqueness of the gene in the causation of development is very strong. The details of attempts to refute genetic determinism by undermining ... More


Darwinian Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology

Alexander Rosenberg

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226727295
eISBN:
9780226727318
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

After the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953, scientists working in molecular biology embraced reductionism—the theory that all complex systems can be understood in terms of their components. ... More


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