Presents to English speaking readers a good sample of researches in the field of history and philosophy of biology developed in Latin America
Brings together contributions from researchers working in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Colombia
Contributes to integrate new perspectives to the international debates around topics such as the history of the concept of life and the structure and development of evolutionary theory
Part of the book series: History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences (HPTL, volume 26)
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Table of contents (12 chapters)
About this book
This book offers to the international reader a collection of original articles of some of the most skillful historians and philosophers of biology currently working in Latin American universities. During the last decades, increasing attention has been paid in Latin America to the history and philosophy of biology, but since many local authors prefer to write in Spanish or in Portuguese, their ideas have barely crossed the boundaries of the continent. This volume aims to remedy this state of things, providing a good sample of this production to the English speaking readers, bringing together contributions from researchers working in Brazilian, Argentinean, Chilean, Colombian and Mexican universities.
The stress on the regional provenance of the authors is not intended to suggest the existence of something like a Latin American history and philosophy of biology, supposedly endowed with distinctive features. On the contrary, the editors firmly believe that advances in this field can be achieved only by stimulating the integration in the international debate. Based on this assumption, the book focuses on two topics, life and evolution, and presents a selection of contributions addressing issues such as the history of the concept of life, the philosophical reflection on life manipulation and life extension, the structure and development of evolutionary theory as well as human evolution.
Life and Evolution – Latin American Essays on the History and Philosophy of Biology will provide the international reader with a rather complete picture of the ongoing research in the history and philosophy of biology in Latin America, offering a snapshot of this dynamic community. It will also contribute to contextualize and develop the debate concerning life and evolution, and the relation between the two phenomena.
- Philosophy of biology
- History of biology
- Philosophy of science
- History of science
- Life extension
- Evolutionary biology
- Human evolution
- Cultural evolution
- Manipulation in biology
- Biological systems
- Biological organization
- Structure of evolutionary theory
- Biological laws
- Causality in biology
- Explanations in biology
- Randomness in biology
Editors and Affiliations
Center of Natural and Human Sciences, Federal University of ABC, Bairro Bangú, Santo André, Brazil
Lorenzo Baravalle, Luciana Zaterka
About the editors
Lorenzo Baravalle is assistant professor of epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of science at the Center of Natural and Human Sciences, Federal University of ABC (Brazil) and faculty member at the Center for Philosophy of Science of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Portugal). He has published articles on evolutionary epistemology, cultural evolution theory and naturalism in philosophy in national and international journals, and is the author of Culture and Evolution (Rome: Carocci, 2018; in Italian).
Luciana Zaterka is assistant professor of modern philosophy, epistemology and theory of knowledge at the Center of Natural and Human Sciences, Federal University of ABC (Brazil). She has been researching on the interface between the history of science and theory of knowledge, with emphasis on issues related to the history and philosophy of chemistry and medicine for more than twenty years. She is the author of Experimental philosophy in 17th-century England (São Paulo: Humanitas/FAPESP, 2004; in Portuguese).
Book Title: Life and Evolution
Book Subtitle: Latin American Essays on the History and Philosophy of Biology
Editors: Lorenzo Baravalle, Luciana Zaterka
Series Title: History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences
Publisher: Springer Cham
Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-39588-9Published: 11 April 2020
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-39591-9Published: 11 April 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-39589-6Published: 10 April 2020
Series ISSN: 2211-1948
Series E-ISSN: 2211-1956
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XX, 237
Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour