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Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 279–286 | Cite as

Review of Cambridge companion to the philosophy of biology

  • Brant Pridmore
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In producing its companion to the philosophy of biology, Cambridge University Press has done a considerable service to readers with some background—though not necessarily very extensive background—in philosophy who want to find out what philosophy of biology is about and familiarise themselves with the current state of play.

As one would expect of a survey collection from Cambridge University Press the book includes many good articles by eminent scholars who introduce the reader to the issues in an engaging fashion and provide plenty of guidance for further reading. For example, David Buller the important issues in evolutionary psychology in the context of the rivalry between Evolutionary Psychology—i.e., the discipline narrowly conceived in the Tooby-Cosmides mould—and human behavioural ecology. The first emphasises the importance of modular behavioural adaptations in the Pleistocene while the second is less firmly committed to modularity in human cognitive architecture and accords a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian National UniversityActonAustralia

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