On the reduction of genetics to molecular biology

Philosophy of Science 46 (3):389-406 (1979)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The applicability of Nagel's concept of theory reduction, and related concepts of reduction, to the reduction of genetics to molecular biology is examined using the lactose operon in Escherichia coli as an example. Geneticists have produced the complete nucleotide sequence of two of the genes which compose this operon. If any example of reduction in genetics should fit Nagel's analysis, the lactose operon should. Nevertheless, Nagel's formal conditions of theory reduction are inapplicable in this case. Instead, it is argued that genetics has been partially reduced to molecular biology in the sense of token-token reduction

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,813

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Molecular and Developmental Biology.Paul Griffiths - 2002 - In Peter Machamer & Michael Silberstein (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Science. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. pp. 252-271.
Reduction and genetics.David L. Hull - 1981 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 6 (2):125-144.
The Formal Structure of Genetics and the Reduction Problem.A. Lindenmayer & N. Simon - 1980 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:160 - 170.
Reduction by molecular genetics.William K. Goosens - 1978 - Philosophy of Science 45 (1):73-95.
Mechanism schemas and the relationship between biological theories.Tudor M. Baetu - 2011 - In Phyllis McKay Illari Federica Russo (ed.), Causality in the Sciences. Oxford University Press.
Reduction and instrumentalism in genetics.Philip Gasper - 1992 - Philosophy of Science 59 (4):655-670.
Approaches to reduction.Kenneth F. Schaffner - 1967 - Philosophy of Science 34 (2):137-147.
Reduction in Genetics—Biology or Philosophy?David L. Hull - 1972 - Philosophy of Science 39 (4):491-499.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
109 (#165,139)

6 months
26 (#116,539)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Genes.Philip Kitcher - 1982 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 33 (4):337-359.
Eliminativism and Evolutionary Debunking.Jeffrey N. Bagwell - 2021 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 8:496-522.
Gene.Hans-Jörg Rheinberger - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Supervenience and Reduction in Biological Hierarchies.John Collier - 1988 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 14:209-234.
How not to reduce a functional psychology.Robert C. Richardson - 1982 - Philosophy of Science 49 (1):125-37.

View all 10 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

The Language of Thought.J. A. Fodor - 1978 - Critica 10 (28):140-143.
The Structure of Science.Ernest Nagel - 1961 - Les Etudes Philosophiques 17 (2):275-275.
Laws of nature.Fred I. Dretske - 1977 - Philosophy of Science 44 (2):248-268.
Philosophy of biological science.David L. Hull - 1974 - Englewood Cliffs, N.J.,: Prentice-Hall.

View all 12 references / Add more references