Embryology, Epigenesis and Evolution

Taking Development Seriously

Embryology, Epigenesis and Evolution

Philosophers of science have tended to avoid the problem of "development" by focusing primarily on evolutionary biology and, more recently, on molecular biology and genetics. Jason Scott Robert explores the nature of development as it relates to current concepts in biological theory and practice and analyzes the interrelations between development and evolution (evo-devo), an area of resurgent biological inquiry.


 Reviews:

"Embryology, Epigenesis, and Evolution suggests a target audience of philosophers of science and of biology, but I hope the book will be more widely read. It might start a productive exchange between biologists and philosophers on how to overcome the limitations of our knowledge." Science

'… exceptionally lucid'. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

'Robert is a well published philosopher of biology who has tackled what he sees as genomania in the disciplines of developmental and evolutionary biology. … Robert switches back and forth from philosophical analysis to biological examples, which I found to be an interesting and intellectually stimulating format. … Robert presents his arguments clearly and concisely … I recommend that you read this book for its philosophical analyses and, if you are not already, start taking development seriously.' TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution

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