The biological way of thought / Morton Beckner.

New York : Columbia University Press, 1959.

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Subjects Biology -- Methodology.
Biology -- Philosophy.
Description viii, 200 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date 1959.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-195) and index.
Summary "Describes the special methods of concept formation and explanation that distinguish biology from the other natural sciences. Beckner examines biological subject matter and biological theory, His method of approach is dual: through a logical analysis of historical, functional, and polytypic concepts and an examination of their role in achieving theoretical unification; and through a logical analysis of model-explanation, teleology, and historical explanation. The results of this investigation are applied to a number of standing problems in biological methodology--for example, the significance of holistic versus reductive points of view, the logical character of the taxonomic system, and the nature of explanation in evolution theory"--Publisher description.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Types of biological concepts -- 3. Models in biological theory -- 4. Systematics -- 5. Genetic analysis and explanation -- 6. Functional analysis -- 7. Teleological systems, behavior, and explanation -- 8. Selection theory -- 9. Organization and organismic biology.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)758237
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WorldCat Identities Beckner, Morton.
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