The Philosophy of Biology

A Companion for Educators

  • Kostas Kampourakis

Part of the History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences book series (HPTL, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Carol E. Cleland, Michael Zerella
    Pages 31-48
  3. Angela Potochnik
    Pages 49-65
  4. Kevin McCain, Brad Weslake
    Pages 101-119
  5. Patrick Forber
    Pages 145-160
  6. Francisco J. Ayala
    Pages 161-177
  7. Michael R. Dietrich
    Pages 239-248
  8. Tobias Uller
    Pages 267-287
  9. Alessandro Minelli, Giuseppe Fusco
    Pages 289-322
  10. James Justus
    Pages 343-371
  11. Michael J. Duncan, Pierrick Bourrat, Jennifer DeBerardinis, Maureen A. O’Malley
    Pages 373-394
  12. John S. Wilkins
    Pages 395-419
  13. James G. Lennox, Kostas Kampourakis
    Pages 421-454
  14. Alfredo Marcos, Robert Arp
    Pages 511-547
  15. Pierre-Alain Braillard
    Pages 549-575
  16. David S. Moore
    Pages 629-652
  17. Anya Plutynski
    Pages 705-722
  18. Roberta L. Millstein
    Pages 723-743
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 745-762

About this book


This book brings together for the first time philosophers of biology to write about some of the most central concepts and issues in their field from the perspective of biology education. The chapters of the book cover a variety of topics ranging from traditional ones, such as biological explanation, biology and religion or biology and ethics, to contemporary ones, such as genomics, systems biology or evolutionary developmental biology. Each of the 30 chapters covers the respective philosophical literature in detail and makes specific suggestions for biology education.

The aim of this book is to inform biology educators, undergraduate and graduate students in biology and related fields, students in teacher training programs, and curriculum developers about the current state of discussion on the major topics in the philosophy of biology and its implications for teaching biology. In addition, the book can be valuable to philosophers of biology as an introductory text in undergraduate and graduate courses.


Biology Education Biology and Ethics Biology and Religion Evolution, Development and Genetics Philosophy of Biology Philosophy of Science and Science Teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Kostas Kampourakis
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational Research & DevelopmentGeitonas SchoolAthensGreece

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