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How Biology Shapes Philosophy: New Foundations for Naturalism

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.

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A collection of original papers on the interface between philosophy and biology Richard Boyd, Patricia Churchland, Daniel Dennett, John Dupre, Luc Faucher, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Phillip Kitcher, Edouard Machery, Karen Neander, Samir Okasha, David Papeneau, Alex Rosenberg, Ronald de Sousa, and David Livingstone Smith.