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Darwinian ReductionismOr, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology$
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Alexander Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226727295

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.001.0001

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Making Natural Selection Safe for Reductionists

Making Natural Selection Safe for Reductionists

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(p.177) 6 Making Natural Selection Safe for Reductionists
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Darwinian Reductionism
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.003.0007

This chapter addresses the untenable dualism between biology's acceptance of physicalism and its apparent autonomy that untenable dualism directly and tries to show how the reductionist can learn to stop worrying and love Darwinism as a purely physical process. It begins by reviewing in greater detail the argument given briefly in the Introduction, that the ruling orthodoxy of physicalism and antireductionism is untenable. It then shows how the reductionist can assimilate the theory of natural selection to an unproblematical place in physical science.

Keywords:   biology, natural selection, dualism, reductionism, physicalism, Darwinism, antireductionism

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