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The Influence of Genetics on Contemporary Thinking


The Influence of Genetics on Contemporary Thinking


Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science, Band 6

von: Anne Fagot-Largeault, Shahid Rahman, Juan Manuel Torres

213,99 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 28.11.2007
ISBN/EAN: 9781402056642
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 216

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This interdisciplinary volume reflects on the effects of recent discoveries in genetics on a broad range of scientific fields. It shows the way in which those discoveries influence genetics itself and many other fields, and explains the impact of genetics on contemporary culture. The volume contains the most recent views of the Nobel Laureate François Jacob on genetics and the nature of living things.
Genetics And The Life Sciences.- Genetics and the human lineage.- Genetics and Neuroscience.- Who made the Genetic Codes, How and by What?.- Genetics, Life and Death.- Genetics and Philosophy of Science: The Reductionism Debate and Beyond.- Moving beyond the influence of molecular genetics on the debate about reductionism in philosophy of biology.- The Concept of the Gene in Contemporary Biology: Continuity or Dissolution?.- The Influence of Genetics on Philosophy of Science.- Epi-Geneticization.- Genetics and the Ethical, Legal and Sociological Debate.- Is DNA Revolutionizing Medicine?.- The Harm of Being a Clone.- Children of One’s Own.- Is a Transcultural Law for Human Genetics and Biotechnology Possible?.- Genetics and Society: a Different View.
This volume reflects on the effects of recent discoveries in genetics on a broad range of scientific fields. In addition to neuroscience, evolutionary biology, anthropology and medicine, contributors analyze the effects of genetics on theories of health, law, epistemology and philosophy of biology. Social and moral concerns about the relationship between genetics, society and the individual also figure prominently. Genetic discoveries fuel central contemporary public policy debates concerning, for example, human cloning, equitable access to healthcare or the role of genetics in medicine. Perhaps more fundamentally, advances in genetics are altering our perception of human life and death.
An interview with François Jacob by Anne Fagot-Largeault opens the volume. In this interview, Jacob, who shared a Nobel Prize with André Lwoff and Jacques Monod for their discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis, addresses many of the central methodological epistemological and ethical questions covered in the volume. The dynamic interdisciplinary character of this volume makes it relevant to scholars from many disciplines, from biology, philosophy and the social sciences.
Provides information about recent research results in genetics and related disciplines
Shows the way in which those results influence genetics itself and many other fields
Explains the impact of genetics on contemporary culture
Describes contemporary public policy debates related to genetics
Contains the most recent views of the Nobel Laureate François Jacob on genetics and the nature of living things

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