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Following Form and Function: A Philosophical Archaeology of Life Science (Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology and Existen)

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The author examines the various interpretations of form and function in science and philosophy, reflecting on the philosophical presuppositions underlying the work of Geoffroy, Cuvier, and Darwin, among others.

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The concepts of form and function have traditionally been defined in terms of biology and then extended to other disciplines. Stephen T. Asma examines the various interpretations of form and function in science and philosophy, reflecting on the philosophical presuppositions underlying the work of Geoffroy, Cuvier, Darwin, and others.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-213) and index.

About the Author

Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar.

Asma is the author of seven books, including Against Fairness: In Favor of Favoritism (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2012), On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears (Oxford Univ. Press), Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads (Oxford Univ. Press), Why I am a Buddhist (Hampton Roads), and the best selling Buddha for Beginners (originally published in 1996 and reissued in 2008). His writing has been translated into German, Spanish, Hebrew, Czech, Romanian, Hindi, Portuguese, and Chinese.

Dr. Asma is a founding Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture at Columbia College Chicago. The Research Group is actively working on a philosophical and scientific understanding of the mind/brain that properly incorporates the emotional dimensions of mammalian consciousness.

In addition to Western philosophy, Asma has an abiding interest in Buddhism and Confucianism. In 2003, he was Visiting Professor at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia, teaching a "Buddhist Philosophy" seminar course as part of their Graduate Program in Buddhist Studies. In addition to Cambodia, he has also researched Asian philosophies in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Laos. He has also lived and studied in Shanghai China.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Organic Form and the Cuvier-Geoffroy Debate

2. Structure as an Effect of Function

3. Function as an Effect of Structure

4. Time and Organic Form

5. Darwin's Functionalism

6. Darwin's Structuralism

7. A Neglected Teleology

8. Rethinking the Dichotomy

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810113985
Author:
Asma, Stephen T.
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Author:
Asma, Stephen
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Physiology
Subject:
Morphology
Subject:
Phenomenology
Subject:
Physiology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Biology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Biology-General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Series Volume:
246
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Humanities » Philosophy » General
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General

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