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Conceptual challenges to evolutionary biology: A necessary step


Henneberg, M; Saniotis, A (2013). Conceptual challenges to evolutionary biology: A necessary step. Biocosmology - neo-Aristotelism, 3(1):7-16.

Abstract

Modern evolutionary biology has been founded by Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin who independently proposed that natural selection was a principle driving force of life on earth. While over a century of research into evolutionary biology has revealed a substantial amount of knowledge on life on earth, the discipline has been mainly informed by Platonic essentialism and biological reductionism. These concepts provide both a limited and insubstantial scope for examining and understanding the interplay between evolution and biology. This paper’s aim is to critically examine the conceptual problems arising from Platonic essentialism and biological reductionism within evolutionary biology. The paper also poses how Platonic essentialism and biological reductionism can be supplanted for more insightful approaches.

Abstract

Modern evolutionary biology has been founded by Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin who independently proposed that natural selection was a principle driving force of life on earth. While over a century of research into evolutionary biology has revealed a substantial amount of knowledge on life on earth, the discipline has been mainly informed by Platonic essentialism and biological reductionism. These concepts provide both a limited and insubstantial scope for examining and understanding the interplay between evolution and biology. This paper’s aim is to critically examine the conceptual problems arising from Platonic essentialism and biological reductionism within evolutionary biology. The paper also poses how Platonic essentialism and biological reductionism can be supplanted for more insightful approaches.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:17 Mar 2014 08:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:45
Publisher:Novgorod State University after Yaroslav-the-Wise
ISSN:2225-1820
Free access at:Related URL. An embargo period may apply.
Related URLs:http://en.biocosmology.ru/electronic-journal-biocosmology---neo-aristotelism/issues-of-the-journal/volume-3-number-1-winter-2013

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