History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 155–160 | Cite as

Kostas Kampourakis (ed.), The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013, xvii + 762 pp., $279.00 (hard cover)

  • Daniel J. Nicholson
Book Review

This is an important, and rather unique, collection of essays. Admittedly, at first glance, The Philosophy of Biology does not appear all that different from the half a dozen anthologies that have been published on the subject in the last decade. But the clue is in the subtitle. The main aim of this volume is not to advance current debates in philosophy of biology, nor is it to provide detailed up-to-date surveys of particular topics in the field. Rather, its primary purpose is to serve as A Companion for Educators, specifically biology teachers. What makes this book different is that it does not view the philosophy of biology as a specialized subdiscipline within academic philosophy, but as a set of pedagogical tools to be used in the classroom by teachers and students of biological science. It is this innovative approach to the subject that sets this tome firmly apart from all the other ‘companions’ that have appeared in recent years.

Besides its unorthodox slant on what it means to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Life Sciences (Egenis)University of ExeterExeterUK

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