Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 143–152 | Cite as

Critical notice: Darwinian reductionism



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.”


Reductionism Proper functions Ultimate vs. proximate biology Biological laws Developmental programs Genocentrism Principle of natural selection Genetic determinism 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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