Dialectics and reductionism in ecology

  title={Dialectics and reductionism in ecology},
  author={R. Levins and R. Lewontin},
  • R. Levins, R. Lewontin
  • Published 2004
  • Synthese
  • ConclusionsBiology above the level of the individual organism — population ecology and genetics, community ecology, biogeography and evolution — requires the study of intrinsically complex systems. But the dominant philosophies of western science have proven to be inadequate for the study of complexity:(1)The reductionist myth of simplicity leads its advocates to isolate parts as completely as possible and study these parts. It underestimates the importance of interactions in theory, and its… CONTINUE READING
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