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Embryology, Epigenesis and Evolution: Taking Development Seriously (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology)

Embryology, Epigenesis and Evolution: Taking Development Seriously (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology)

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Jason Scott Robert
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 3/4/2004
EAN 9780521824675, ISBN10: 0521824672

Hardcover, 176 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

Historically, philosophers of biology have tended to sidestep the problem of development by focusing primarily on evolutionary biology and, more recently, on molecular biology and genetics. Quite often too, development has been misunderstood as simply, or even primarily, a matter of gene activation and regulation. Nowadays a growing number of philosophers of science are focusing their analyses on the complexities of development, and in Embryology, Epigenesis and Evolution Jason Scott Robert explores the nature of development against current trends in biological theory and practice and looks at the interrelations between development and evolution (evo-devo), an area of resurgent biological interest. Clearly written, this book should be of interest to students and professionals in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of biology.

List of figures
Preface
1. The problem of development
2. Exemplars
3. Scylla and Charybdis
4. Constitutive epigenetics
5. Creative development
6. A new synthesis?
7. The devil is in the Gestalt
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index.