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Darwinian Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology

Alexander Rosenberg


After the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953, scientists working in molecular biology embraced reductionism—the theory that all complex systems can be understood in terms of their components. Reductionism, however, has been widely resisted by both nonmolecular biologists and scientists working outside the field of biology. Many of these antireductionists, nevertheless, embrace the notion of physicalism—the idea that all biological processes are physical in nature. How, the author of this book asks, can these self-proclaimed physicalists also be antireductionists? The book navigates this ... More

Keywords: DNA structure, molecular biology, reductionism, complex systems, antireductionists, physicalism, biological processes, natural selection, dualism, molecular developmental biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226727295
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Rosenberg, author