Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 143–152

Critical notice: Darwinian reductionism


DOI: 10.1007/s10539-007-9080-z

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Weber, M. Biol Philos (2008) 23: 143. doi:10.1007/s10539-007-9080-z


This notice provides a critical discussion of some of the issues from Alex Rosenberg’s Darwinian Reductionism, in particular proper functions and the relationship of proximate and ultimate biology, developmental programs and genocentrism, biological laws, the principle of natural selection as a fundamental law, genetic determinism, and the definition of “reductionism.”


ReductionismProper functionsUltimate vs. proximate biologyBiological lawsDevelopmental programsGenocentrismPrinciple of natural selectionGenetic determinism

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science Studies Program and Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland