Footnotes on the Philosophy of Biology

@article{Mayr1969FootnotesOT,
  title={Footnotes on the Philosophy of Biology},
  author={Ernst Mayr},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={1969},
  volume={36},
  pages={197 - 202}
}
  • E. Mayr
  • Published 1 June 1969
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
No other branch of the philosophy of science is as backward as the philosophy of biology. When physicists or philosophers "explain biology," they not only tend to use wrong terminologies but they usually throw away that which is typically biological. This error is second only to the even worse one of adopting vitalistic interpretations. Vitalism is now dead, as far as biologists are concerned (it seems to survive in the minds of a few philosophers), and a biologist can now talk about the… Expand
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