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Philosophy of Microbiology [Paperback]

Item : Philosophy of Microbiology [Paperback]
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Author Author : O'Malley, Maureen
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 110762150X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781107621503
Publisher Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Pages Pages : 280
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100241949

This book fills a major gap in the philosophy of biology by examining central philosophical issues in microbiology.Filling a major gap in the philosophy of biology by examining central philosophical issues in microbiology, this book is aimed at philosophers and scientists who wish to gain insight into the basic philosophical issues of microbiology. Topics are drawn from evolutionary microbiology, microbial ecology, and microbial classification.Filling a major gap in the philosophy of biology by examining central philosophical issues in microbiology, this book is aimed at philosophers and scientists who wish to gain insight into the basic philosophical issues of microbiology. Topics are drawn from evolutionary microbiology, microbial ecology, and microbial classification.Microbes and microbiology are seldom encountered in philosophical accounts of the life sciences. Although microbiology is a well-established science and microbes the basis of life on this planet, neither the organisms nor the science have been seen as philosophically significant. This book will change that. It fills a major gap in the philosophy of biology by examining central philosophical issues in microbiology. Topics are drawn from evolutionary microbiology, microbial ecology, and microbial classification. These discussions are aimed at philosophers and scientists who wish to gain insight into the basic philosophical issues of microbiology.An introduction to philosophy of microbiology; 1. Philosophy in microbiology; microbes in philosophy; 2. Philosophical debates in high-level microbial classification; 3. Philosophical debates in species-level microbial classification; 4. Philosophical issues in microbial evolution; 5. Microbial ecology from a philosophical perspective; 6. Microbes as model biological systems; Conclusion. Further philosophical questions. Many readers will be familiar with the basic concepts behind the topics discussed in this book, but the author's treatment of these topics is glcē

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