Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 119–127 | Cite as

What philosophy of biology should be

Rosenberg, McShea: Philosophy of biology. A contemporary introduction. Routledge, 2008
  • Thomas PradeuEmail author


This paper reviews Rosenberg’s and McShea’s textbook in philosophy of biology, entitled Philosophy of Biology. A Contemporary Introduction. I insist on the excellent quality of this textbook, then I turn to more critical comments, which deal mainly with what philosophy of biology is, and what it should be.


Adaptationism Biological laws Complexity Humankind Levels of selection Philosophy of evolutionary biology Philosophy of molecular biology Reductionism 



Thanks to Hannah-Louise Clark for her editorial help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy Department & Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST)Paris-Sorbonne UniversityParisFrance

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