Conceptual Change in Biology

Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives on Evolution and Development

  • Alan C. Love

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 307)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Adaptation, Allometry, Heterochrony, and Homoplasy

  3. Phenotypic Plasticity, Developmental Variation, and Experimental Biology

  4. Models, Larvae, Phyla, and Paleontology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Gary Freeman
      Pages 221-241
    3. Armand J. de Ricqlès
      Pages 259-269
  5. Constraint and Evolvability

  6. Hierarchies and Interdisciplinarity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Stuart A. Newman
      Pages 421-440
    3. Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther
      Pages 459-482
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 483-490

About this book


This volume explores questions about conceptual change from both scientific and philosophical viewpoints by analyzing the recent history of evolutionary developmental biology. It features revised papers that originated from the workshop "Conceptual Change in Biological Science: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, 1981-2011" held at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in July 2010.

In these papers, philosophers and biologists compare and contrast key concepts in evolutionary developmental biology and their development since the original, seminal Dahlem conference on evolution and development held in Berlin in 1981. Many of the original scientific participants from the 1981 conference are also contributors to this new volume and, in conjunction with other expert biologists and philosophers specializing on these topics, provide an authoritative, comprehensive view on the subject.

Taken together, the papers supply novel perspectives on how and why the conceptual landscape has shifted and stabilized in particular ways, yielding insights into the dynamic epistemic changes that have occurred over the past three decades. This volume will appeal to philosophers of biology studying conceptual change, evolutionary developmental biologists focused on comprehending the genesis of their field and evaluating its future directions, and historians of biology examining this period when the intersection of evolution and development rose again to prominen

ce in biological science.


Allometry Biological Concepts Biomechanics Development and Evolution Developmental Constraint Evolutionary Developmental Biology Evolvability Heterochrony Hierarchy Homology Homoplasy Integration Interdisciplinarity Modern Synthesis Modularity Novelty Phenotypic Plasticity Philosophy of Biology/Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan C. Love
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Minnesota Center for Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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