PHILOSOPHY 375: Philosophy of Biology

Fall Semester, 1999
Dr. Scott Kimbrough
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Course Description

Darwinís theory of evolution did more than change biology: it extended a broadly mechanistic understanding of nature from the physical sciences to the life sciences, including the study of human life. Opposition to Darwinís theory remains strong in certain sectors of our culture to this day. To understand the scientific and cultural controversies initiated by evolutionary biology, we will examine Darwinís theory and its descendants. Course topics will include natural selection, the naturalization of purpose or function (teleology), the evolution/creationism controversy, and attempts to extend the Darwinian paradigm beyond biology to social theory and artificial life.

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Unpleasant warning:

There is no worse academic sin than plagiarism. Plagiarism consists in copying or paraphrasing the work of another, in whole or in part, without citing the source. This warning goes both for print and electronic media. Plagiarized work will receive a zero.

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