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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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How Darwinian Reductionism Refutes Genetic Determinism

How Darwinian Reductionism Refutes Genetic Determinism

(p.222) 8 How Darwinian Reductionism Refutes Genetic Determinism
Darwinian Reductionism
University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the subject of genetic determinism. Since the eagerness to refute the thesis motivates so much of the resistance to reductionism about biology, it is truly ironic that the strongest argument against the thesis rests on evidence we would never have acquired but for pursuit of the reductionistic research program of molecular genetics. The chapter concludes this book's articulation and defense of Darwinian reductionism by showing exactly how its research program makes genetic determinism untenable even for its paradigm cases, the so-called inborn errors of metabolism.

Keywords:   genetic determinism, molecular genetics, biology, Darwinian reductionism, metabolism

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