Ernst Mayr (1904–2005) and the new philosophy of biology

@article{Junker2007ErnstM,
  title={Ernst Mayr (1904–2005) and the new philosophy of biology},
  author={T. Junker},
  journal={Journal for General Philosophy of Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={38},
  pages={1-17}
}
  • T. Junker
  • Published 2007
  • Philosophy
  • Journal for General Philosophy of Science
When Ernst Mayr died in Bedford, Massachusetts, on 3 February 2005 he had lived an outstanding rich and successful life. With unrelenting dedication, enthusiasm and talent he had pursued his cause—the growth of biological thought—for more than 8 decades. His last book What Makes Biology Unique? Considerations on the Autonomy of a Scientific discipline had appeared right in time for the celebration of his hundredth birthday on 5 July 2004. It was the life of a scientist, with instinctive… Expand
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