© 1981

Is Science Sexist?

And Other Problems in the Biomedical Sciences


Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Michael Ruse
    Pages 1-27
  3. Michael Ruse
    Pages 28-64
  4. Michael Ruse
    Pages 65-84
  5. Michael Ruse
    Pages 102-129
  6. Michael Ruse
    Pages 219-244
  7. Michael Ruse
    Pages 245-272
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 273-299

About this book


Philosophy of biology has a long and honourable history. Indeed, like most of the great intellectual achievements of the Western World, it goes back to the Greeks. However, until recently in this century, it was sadly neglected. With a few noteworthy exceptions, someone wishing to delve into the subject had to choose between extremes of insipid vitalism on the one hand, and sterile formalizations of the most elementary biological principles on the other. Whilst philosophy of physics pushed confidently ahead, the philosophy of biology languished. In the past decade, however, things have changed dramatically. A number of energetic and thoughtful young philosophers have made real efforts to master the outlines and details of contemporary biology. They have shown that many stimulating problems emerge when analytic skills are turned towards the life-sciences, particularly if one does not feeI con­ strained to stay only with theoretical parts of biology, but can range over to more medical parts of the spectrum. At the same time, biology itself has had one of the most fruitful yet turbulent periods in its whole history, and more and more biologists have grown to see that many of the problems they face take them beyond the narrow confines of empiric al science: a broader perspective is needed.


Karl R. Popper evolution philosophy of biology reduction science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GuelphGuelphCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Is Science Sexist?
  • Book Subtitle And Other Problems in the Biomedical Sciences
  • Authors M. Ruse
  • Series Title The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1249-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1250-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-8443-1
  • Series ISSN 1566-659X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 299
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Biology
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