University of Chicago Press (1994)

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Alex Rosenberg
Duke University
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Do the sciences aim to uncover the structure of nature, or are they ultimately a practical means of controlling our environment? In Instrumental Biology, or the Disunity of Science, Alexander Rosenberg argues that while physics and chemistry can develop laws that reveal the structure of natural phenomena, biology is fated to be a practical, instrumental discipline. Because of the complexity produced by natural selection, and because of the limits on human cognition, scientists are prevented from uncovering the basic structure of biological phenomena. Consequently, biology and all of the disciplines that rest upon it--psychology and the other human sciences--must aim at most to provide practical tools for coping with the natural world rather than a complete theoretical understanding of it.
Keywords Biology Philosophy  Science Philosophy  Instrumentalism (Philosophy
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Call number QH331.R66 1994
ISBN(s) 0226727254   0226727262   9780226727257
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