The Dialectical Biologist

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Harvard University Press, 1985 - 303 páginas
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Scientists act within a social context and from a philosophical perspective that is inherently political. Whether they realize it or not, scientists always choose sides. The Dialectical Biologist explores this political nature of scientific inquiry, advancing its argument within the framework of Marxist dialectic. These essays stress the concepts of continual change and codetermination between organism and environment, part and whole, structure and process, science and politics. Throughout, this book questions our accepted definitions and biases, showing the self-reflective nature of scientific activity within society.
 

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Índice

Introduction
1
One On Evolution
7
Evolution as Theory and Ideology
9
Adaptation
65
The Organism as the Subject and Object of Evolution
85
Two On Analysis
107
The Analysis of Variance and the Analysis of Causes
109
Isidore Nabi on the Tendencies of Motion
123
The Commoditization of Science
197
The Political Economy of Agricultural Research
209
Applied Biology in the Third World
225
The Pesticide System
238
Research Needs for Latin Community Health
242
What Is Human Nature?
253
Dialectics
267
Bibliography
291

Dialectics and Reductionism in Ecology
132
Three Science as a Social Product and the Social Product of Science
161
The Problem of Lysenkoism
163

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Sobre el autor (1985)

Richard Levins is John Rock Professor of Population Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health.

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