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Science & Education

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 377–379 | Cite as

Michael Ruse (ed): The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-518205-7, 656 pages, price: $150
  • Kostas Kampourakis
Book Review

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology (hereafter OHPB) may look like another collection of essays on the philosophy of biology, it is yet a very interesting one. It is edited by Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, at Florida State University. Ruse is a foundation figure in the discipline and has written numerous books, book chapters and articles on the philosophy of biology. The OHPB is a collection of essays that covers traditional topics like teleology and macroevolution, modern topics like genomics and Evo-Devo, and special topics like animal behavior, and the work of Stephen Jay Gould. There are various ways to provide an overview of the contents of the OHPB. In this review I will briefly present the chapters of the OHPB in the three groups mentioned above, by focusing on those chapters which I consider useful for biology education.

After the introduction by the editor, there is a chapter written by David Hull, another major philosopher of biology,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geitonas SchoolAthensGreece

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