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Thirty years of Biology & Philosophy: philosophy of which biology?

Pradeu, Thomas (2017) Thirty years of Biology & Philosophy: philosophy of which biology? Biology & Philosophy, 32 (2). pp. 149-167. ISSN 0169-3867


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Which domains of biology do philosophers of biology primarily study? The fact that
philosophy of biology has been dominated by an interest for evolutionary biology is
widely admitted, but it has not been strictly demonstrated. Here I analyse the topics of
all the papers published in Biology & Philosophy, just as the journal celebrates its
thirtieth anniversary. I then compare the distribution of biological topics in Biology &
Philosophy with that of the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of
Science of the USA, focusing on the recent period 2003-2015. This comparison
reveals a significant mismatch between the distributions of these topics. I examine
plausible explanations for that mismatch. Finally, I argue that many biological topics
underrepresented in philosophy of biology raise important philosophical issues and
should therefore play a more central role in future philosophy of biology.

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Pradeu, Thomas
Depositing User: Thomas Pradeu
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2020 02:46
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2020 02:46
Item ID: 18261
Journal or Publication Title: Biology & Philosophy
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Date: 2017
Page Range: pp. 149-167
Volume: 32
Number: 2
ISSN: 0169-3867

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