Jason Scott Robert

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195182057
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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This article deals with evolutionary developmental biology. Evolutionary developmental biology raises both traditional philosophy of science issues such as concerns about causation, reductionism, and the nature of explanation, and some more heterodox issues such as concerns about the structure of intra and interdisciplinary collaboration. This puts developmental biology in an evolutionary context that sees evolutionary changes in developmental mechanisms and evolutionary biology in a developmental context. Evo-Devo is here cited by various examples. It solves various problems by bringing evolutionary data in solving developmental problems and bringing developmental and evolutionary data to bear on problems within the domain of evolutionary developmental biology. It explores the dynamics of development and explains how it influences evolutionary change. The article thus explores extra genomic developmental resources in an environmental context for the future.

Keywords: evolution; development; biology; problems; solutions

Article.  7449 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science

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