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Philosophy of Science for Biologists, Paperback / softback Book

Philosophy of Science for Biologists Paperback / softback

Edited by Kostas (Universite de Geneve) Kampourakis, Tobias (Lunds Universitet, Sweden) Uller


Biologists rely on theories, apply models and construct explanations, but rarely reflect on their nature and structure.

This book introduces key topics in philosophy of science to provide the required philosophical background for this kind of reflection, which is an important part of all aspects of research and communication in biology.

It concisely and accessibly addresses fundamental questions such as: Why should biologists care about philosophy of science?

How do concepts contribute to scientific advancement?

What is the nature of scientific controversies in the biological sciences?

Chapters draw on contemporary examples and case studies from across biology, making the discussion relevant and insightful.

Written for researchers and advanced undergraduate and graduate students across the life sciences, its aim is to encourage readers to become more philosophically minded and informed to enable better scientific practice.

It is also an interesting and pertinent read for philosophers of science.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 275 pages, Worked examples or Exercises; 2 Tables, black and white; 1 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Science: general issues
  • ISBN: 9781108740708