Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 53–68

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


  • Manfred D. Laubichler
    • Program in History of SciencePrinceton University
  • Günter P. Wagner
    • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyYale University

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006750126784

Cite this article as:
Laubichler, M.D. & Wagner, G.P. Biology & Philosophy (2001) 16: 53. doi:10.1023/A:1006750126784


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 biologyphysicalist antireductionismfunctional kinds
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