Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 53-68

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How Molecular is Molecular Developmental Biology? A Reply to Alex Rosenberg's Reductionism Redux: Computing the Embryo

  • Manfred D. LaubichlerAffiliated withProgram in History of Science, Princeton University
  • , Günter P. WagnerAffiliated withDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

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This paper argues in defense of theanti-reductionist consensus in the philosophy ofbiology. More specifically, it takes issues with AlexRosenberg's recent challenge of this position. Weargue that the results of modern developmentalgenetics rather than eliminating the need forfunctional kinds in explanations of developmentactually reinforce their importance.

molecular developmental biology physicalist antireductionism functional kinds