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The idea of 'philosophy of biology before biology' : a methodological provocation

Authors
  • Wolfe, Charles
  • Bognon-Küss, Cécilia
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Source
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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English
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Abstract

We argue for a conception of ‘philosophy of biology before biology’ which is neither internalist study of biological doctrines, nor a reconstruction of the role philosophical concepts might have played in the constitution of biology as science, but rather a kind of interplay between metaphysical and empirical issues. This should have an impact both on our present understanding of philosophy of biology, given that it is necessarily conditioned by a very specific history and historiography (particularly evolution-centred), and on our understanding of how biology as a science of life became unified.

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