© 1989

What the Philosophy of Biology Is

Essays dedicated to David Hull

  • Michael Ruse

Part of the Nijhoff International Philosophy Series book series (NIPS, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Michael Ruse
    Pages 1-15
  3. Joel Cracraft
    Pages 31-52
  4. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 67-73
  5. James R. Griesemer, William C. Wimsatt
    Pages 75-137
  6. C. M. Heyes, H. C. Plotkin
    Pages 139-162
  7. M. J. S. Hodge
    Pages 163-182
  8. Philip Kitcher
    Pages 183-208
  9. Ernst Mayr
    Pages 235-243
  10. Alexander Rosenberg
    Pages 245-262
  11. Elliott Sober
    Pages 263-273
  12. E. O. Wiley
    Pages 289-300
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 323-339

About this book


Philosophers of science frequently bemoan (or cheer) the fact that today, with the supposed collapse of logical empiricism, there are now ;;10 grand systems. However, although this mayor may not be true, and if true mayor may not be a cause for delight, no one should conclude that the philosophy of science has ground to a halt, its problems exhausted and its practioners dispirited. In fact, in this post­ Kuhnian age the subject has never been more alive, as we work with enthusiasm on special topics, historical and conceptual. And no topic has grown and thrived quite like the philosophy of biology, which now has many students in the field producing high-quality articles and monographs. The success of this subject is due above all to the work and influence of one man: David Hull. In his own writings and in the support he has given to others, he has shown true leadership, in the best Platonic sense. It is now twenty years since Hull fnt gave his seminal paper 'What the philosophy of biology is not', and to mark that point and to show our respect, gratitude and affection to its author, a number of us who owe much to Hull decided to produce a volume of essays on and around themes to which Hull has spoken.


philosophy of biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Ruse
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GuelphGuelphCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title What the Philosophy of Biology Is
  • Book Subtitle Essays dedicated to David Hull
  • Editors M. Ruse
  • Series Title Nijhoff International Philosophy Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-3778-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7020-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-1169-7
  • Series ISSN 0924-4530
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 348
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Biology
    Philosophy of Science
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