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Making Natural Selection Safe for Reductionists

in Darwinian Reductionism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226727295
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226727318 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.003.0007
Making Natural Selection Safe for Reductionists

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This chapter addresses the untenable dualism between biology's acceptance of physicalism and its apparent autonomy that untenable dualism directly and tries to show how the reductionist can learn to stop worrying and love Darwinism as a purely physical process. It begins by reviewing in greater detail the argument given briefly in the Introduction, that the ruling orthodoxy of physicalism and antireductionism is untenable. It then shows how the reductionist can assimilate the theory of natural selection to an unproblematical place in physical science.

Keywords: biology; natural selection; dualism; reductionism; physicalism; Darwinism; antireductionism

Chapter.  10828 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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