Genes and the Agents of Life
Cambridge University Press
Genes and the Agents of Life undertakes to rethink the place of the individual in the
biological sciences, drawing parallels with the cognitive and social sciences. Genes, organisms,
and species are all agents of life but how are each of these conceptualized within genetics,
developmental biology, evolutionary biology, and systematics? The book includes highly
accessible discussions of genetic encoding, species and natural kinds, and pluralism above
the levels of selection, drawing on work from across the biological sciences. The book is a
companion to the author's Boundaries of the Mind, also available from Cambridge, where the
focus is the cognitive sciences. The book will appeal to a broad range of professionals and
students in philosophy, biology, and the history of science.
Hardback 312 pp, 2 diags, 3 illus, 13 tables ISBN 9780521836463
Paperback 312 pp ISBN 9780521544955
Part I. Individuals, Agency, and Biology: 1. Individuals and biology; 2. Thinking about
biological agents; Part II. Species, Organisms, and Biological Natural Kinds: 3. What is an
organism?; 4. Exploring the tripartite view; 5. Specious individuals; Part III. Genes and
Organismic Development: 6. Genetic agency; 7. Conceptualizing development; Part IV.
Groups and Natural Selection: 8. Groups as agents of selection; 9. Arguing about group
selection: the myxoma case; 10. Pluralism, entwinement, and the levels of selection.
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