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Philosophy of Microbiology

By Maureen O'Malley

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Format: Paperback, 280 pages
Other Information: 26 b/w illus. 1 table
Published In: United Kingdom, 28 August 2014
Microbes and microbiology are seldom encountered in philosophical accounts of the life sciences. Although microbiology is a well-established science and microbes the basis of life on this planet, neither the organisms nor the science have been seen as philosophically significant. This book will change that. It fills a major gap in the philosophy of biology by examining central philosophical issues in microbiology. Topics are drawn from evolutionary microbiology, microbial ecology, and microbial classification. These discussions are aimed at philosophers and scientists who wish to gain insight into the basic philosophical issues of microbiology.

Table of Contents

An introduction to philosophy of microbiology; 1. Philosophy in microbiology; microbes in philosophy; 2. Philosophical debates in high-level microbial classification; 3. Philosophical debates in species-level microbial classification; 4. Philosophical issues in microbial evolution; 5. Microbial ecology from a philosophical perspective; 6. Microbes as model biological systems; Conclusion. Further philosophical questions.

About the Author

Maureen O'Malley is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.


'Many readers will be familiar with the basic concepts behind the topics discussed in this book, but the author's treatment of these topics is guaranteed to make readers think about them more deeply and in new ways ... Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, professionals/practitioners.' R. K. Harris, Choice 'Philosophy of Microbiology raises new questions relevant to both historical and contemporary topics in the philosophy of science, such as modelling and individuality. I recommend this book to philosophers of science who wish to see old philosophical questions in a new and stimulating context.' Alison K. McConwell, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 'Philosophy of Microbiology is a thought-provoking and comprehensive look at the influence of microbiology on how we conceive of and study the living world.' Paul Sniegowski, The Quarterly Review of Biology

EAN: 9781107621503
ISBN: 110762150X
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions: 22.61 x 14.99 x 2.03 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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