How Biology Shapes Philosophy is a seminal contribution to the emerging field of biophilosophy. It brings together work by philosophers who draw on biology to address traditional and not so traditional philosophical questions and concerns. Thirteen essays by leading figures in the field explore the biological dimensions of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, gender, semantics, rationality, representation, and consciousness, as well as the misappropriation of biology by philosophers, allowing the reader to critically interrogate the relevance of biology for philosophy. Both rigorous and accessible, the essays illuminate philosophy and help us to acquire a deeper understanding of the human condition. This volume will be of interest to philosophers, biologists, social scientists, and other readers with an interest in bringing science and the humanities together.
A one-stop source for the best contemporary work on how biology shapes philosophy
Allows the reader to critically interrogate the relevance of biology for philosophy
Will appeal to those who want to bring science and the humanities together
David Livingstone Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England, Maine. His most recent book is Less than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others (2011).
1. Biophilosophy David Livingstone Smith2. Darwin and the overdue demise of essentialism Daniel C. Dennett
14. How philosophers 'learn' from biology: reductionist and anti-reductionist 'lessons' Richard N. Boyd.