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  1. Reflections on Gender and Science.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1985 - Yale University Press.
    "-Barbara Ehrenreich, Mother Jones "This book represents the expression of a particular feminist perspective made all the more compelling by Keller's evident commitment to and understanding of science.
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    Making Sense of Life.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2002 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
    What do biologists want? If, unlike their counterparts in physics, biologists are generally wary of a grand, overarching theory, at what kinds of explanation do biologists aim? A history of the diverse and changing nature of biological explanation in a particularly charged field, "Making Sense of Life" draws our attention to the temporal, disciplinary, and cultural components of what biologists mean, and what they understand, when they propose to explain life.
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  3. The Century of the Gene.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2001 - Journal of the History of Biology 34 (3):613-615.
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    Secrets of life, secrets of death: essays on language, gender, and science.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1992 - New York: Routledge.
    The essays included here represent Fox Keller's attempts to integrate the insights of feminist theory with those of her contemporaries in the history and philosophy of science.
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  5. Refiguring Life: Metaphors of Twentieth-Century Biology.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1996 - Journal of the History of Biology 29 (2):312-313.
  6. Models of and models for: Theory and practice in contemporary biology.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):86.
    Two decades of critique have sensitized historians and philosophers of science to the inadequacies of conventional dichotomies between theory and practice, thereby prompting the search for new ways of writing about science that are less beholden than the old ways to the epistemological mores of theoretical physics, and more faithful to the actual practices not only of physics but of all the natural sciences. The need for alternative descriptions seems particularly urgent if one is to understand the place of theory (...)
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  7. Secrets of Life, Secrets of Death: Essays on Language, Gender and Science.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1994 - The Personalist Forum 10 (1):47-49.
     
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    The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2010 - Duke University Press.
    In this powerful critique, the esteemed historian and philosopher of science Evelyn Fox Keller addresses the nature-nurture debates, including the persistent disputes regarding the roles played by genes and the environment in determining individual traits and behavior. Keller is interested in both how an oppositional “versus” came to be inserted between nature and nurture, and how the distinction on which that opposition depends, the idea that nature and nurture are separable, came to be taken for granted. How, she asks, did (...)
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    Physics and the emergence of molecular biology: A history of cognitive and political synergy.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1990 - Journal of the History of Biology 23 (3):389-409.
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    Revisiting ``scale-free'' networks.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2005 - Bioessays 27 (10):1060-1068.
    Recent observations of power-law distributions in the connectivity of complex networks came as a big surprise to researchers steeped in the tradition of random networks. Even more surprising was the discovery that power-law distributions also characterize many biological and social networks. Many attributed a deep significance to this fact, inferring a “universal architecture” of complex systems. Closer examination, however, challenges the assumptions that (1) such distributions are special and (2) they signify a common architecture, independent of the system's specifics. The (...)
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    Body/politics: Women and the Discourses of Science.Mary Jacobus, Evelyn Fox Keller & Sally Shuttleworth - 1990 - Psychology Press.
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    Knowing As Making, Making As Knowing: The Many Lives of Synthetic Biology.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2009 - Biological Theory 4 (4):333-339.
    The ways in which the various activities of synthetic biology connect to those of conventional biology display both a multiplicity and variety that reflect the multiplicity and variety of meanings for which the term synthetic biology has been invoked, today as in the past. Central to this variety, as well as to the connection itself, is the complex relationship between knowing and making that has prevailed in the life sciences. That relationship is the focus of this article. More specifically, my (...)
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  13. The Gender/Science System: or, Is Sex To Gender As Nature Is To Science?Evelyn Fox Keller - 1987 - Hypatia 2 (3):37-49.
    In this paper, I explore the problematic relation between sex and gender in parallel with the equally problematic relation between nature and science. I also offer a provisional analysis of the political dynamics that work to polarize both kinds of discourse, focusing especially on their intersection (i.e., on discussions of gender and science), and on that group most directly affected by all of the above considerations (i.e., women scientists).
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    Metaphilosophy and the History of the Philosophy of Science-Toward a New Understanding of Scientific Success-Models Of and Models For: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Biology.Janet Kourany & Evelyn Fox Keller - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):S72.
    Two decades of critique have sensitized historians and philosophers of science to the inadequacies of conventional dichotomies between theory and practice, thereby prompting the search for new ways of writing about science that are less beholden than the old ways to the epistemological mores of theoretical physics, and more faithful to the actual practices not only of physics but of all the natural sciences. The need for alternative descriptions seems particularly urgent if one is to understand the place of theory (...)
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    Organisms, Machines, and Thunderstorms: A History of Self-Organization (I).Evelyn Fox Keller - 2008 - Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 38 (1):45-75.
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    Genes, Genomes, and Genomics.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2011 - Biological Theory 6 (2):132-140.
    While scientific terms lack the stability of physical objects, they are generally far more stable than the various meanings associated with them. As a consequence, they tend to carry older conceptions alongside those more recently acquired, thereby exerting an effective drag against conceptual change. I illustrate this claim with an analysis of the shifting meanings of the term genome, originally used to refer to a collectivity of genes, but more recently to an organism’s complement of DNA. While genes were originally (...)
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    Between language and science: the question of directed mutation in molecular genetics.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1992 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 35 (2):292.
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    The disappearance of function from 'self-organizing systems'.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2007 - In Fred C. Boogerd, Frank J. Bruggeman, Jan-Hendrik S. Hofmeyr & Hans V. Westerhoff (eds.), Systems Biology: Philosophical Foundations. Elsevier.
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    It is possible to reduce biological explanations to explanations in chemistry and/or physics.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2010 - In Francisco José Ayala & Robert Arp (eds.), Contemporary debates in philosophy of biology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 19–31.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction Systems Biology Function: A Minimalist Conception Kant and As‐If Purpose Cybernetics and Bernard Machines A Guarded Optimism Postscript: Counterpoint References.
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    Demarcating public from private values in evolutionary discourse.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1988 - Journal of the History of Biology 21 (2):195-211.
    What I suggest we can see in this brief overview of the literature is an extensive interpenetration on both sides of these debates between scientific, political, and social values. Important shifts in political and social values were of course occurring over the same period, some of them in parallel with, and perhaps even contributing to, these transitions I have been speaking of in evolutionary discourse. The developments that I think of as at least suggestive of possible parallels include the progressive (...)
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    Reproduction and the central project of evolutionary theory.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1987 - Biology and Philosophy 2 (4):383-396.
    In much of the discourse of evolutionary theory, reproduction is treated as an autonomous function of the individual organism — even in discussions of sexually reproducing organisms. In this paper, I examine some of the functions and consequences of such manifestly peculiar language. In particular, I suggest that it provides crucial support for the central project of evolutionary theory — namely that of locating causal efficacy in intrinsic properties of the individual organism. Furthermore, I argue that the language of individual (...)
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    Cultures without culturalism: the making of scientific knowledge.Karine Chemla & Evelyn Fox Keller (eds.) - 2017 - Durham: Duke University Press.
    Cultural accounts of scientific ideas and practices have increasingly come to be welcomed as a corrective to previous—and still widely held—theories of scientific knowledge and practices as universal. The editors caution, however, against the temptation to overgeneralize the work of culture, and to lapse into a kind of essentialism that flattens the range and variety of scientific work. The book refers to this tendency as culturalism. The contributors to the volume model a new path where historicized and cultural accounts of (...)
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    Active matter, then and now.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2016 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 38 (3):11.
    Historically, living was divided from dead, inert matter by its autonomous activity. Today, a number of materials not themselves alive are characterized as having inherent activity, and this activity has become the subject of a hot new field of physics, “Active Matter”, or “Soft matter become alive.” For active matter scientists, the relation of physics to biology is guaranteed in one direction by the assertion that the cell is a material, and hence its study can be considered a branch of (...)
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    Conflicts in Feminism.Marianne Hirsch & Evelyn Fox Keller - 1990 - Psychology Press.
    First Published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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  25. Baconian Science: A Hermaphroditic Birth.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1980 - Philosophical Forum 11 (3):299.
  26. Understanding development.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1999 - Biology and Philosophy 14 (3):321-330.
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    Organisms, Machines, and Thunderstorms: A History of Self-Organization (II).Evelyn Fox Keller - 2009 - Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 39 (1):1-31.
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  28. Rethinking the Meaning of Biological Information.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2009 - Biological Theory 4 (2):159-166.
    Throughout the history of molecular biology, the primary meaning of biological information has been taken from the image of a word-based linguistic code. I want to argue that the metaphor of such a code does not begin to capture either the variety or the richness of the processes by which nucleotide sequences inform biological processes. Current research demonstrates that nucleotide sequences inform not only development but also heredity and evolution, and they do so in all sorts of ways. Even though (...)
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    Feminist Perspectives on Science Studies.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1988 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 13 (3-4):235-249.
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    Towards a science of informed matter.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (2):174-179.
    Over the last couple of decades, a call has begun to resound in a number of distinct fields of inquiry for a reattachment of form to matter, for an understanding of ‘information’ as inherently embodied, or, as Jean-Marie Lehn calls it, for a “science of informed matter.” We hear this call most clearly in chemistry, in cognitive science, in molecular computation, and in robotics—all fields looking to biological processes to ground a new epistemology. The departure from the values of a (...)
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    Towards a science of informed matter.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (2):174-179.
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    Secrets of Life, Secrets of Death: Essays on Science and Culture.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2013 - Routledge.
    First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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  33. Feminist Perspectives On Science Studies.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1988 - Thesis Eleven 21 (1):65-81.
  34. Is There an Organism in This Text?Evelyn Fox Keller & London School of Economics and Political Science - 1995 - London School of Economics, Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences.
     
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    Climate science, truth, and democracy.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 64:106-122.
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    2. The Postgenomic Genome.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2015 - In Sarah S. Richardson & Hallam Stevens (eds.), Postgenomics: Perspectives on Biology after the Genome. Duke University Press. pp. 9-31.
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    Assessing Risk in the Absence of Quantifiability.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2015 - Biological Theory 10 (3):228-236.
    A substantial literature on risk perception demonstrates the limits of human rationality, especially in the face of catastrophic risks. Human judgment, it seems, is flawed by the tendency to overestimate the magnitude of rare but evocative risks, while underestimating risks associated with commonplace dangers. Such findings are particularly relevant to the problem of crafting responsible public policy in the face of the kinds of threat posed by climate change. If the risk perception of ordinary citizens cannot be trusted, then it (...)
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    4. Language and Ideology in Evolutionary Theory: Reading Cultural Norms into Natural Law.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1991 - In James J. Sheehan & Morton Sosna (eds.), The Boundaries of Humanity: Humans, Animals, Machines. University of California Press. pp. 85-102.
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    The Body of a New Machine: Situating the Organism between Telegraphs and Computers.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1994 - Perspectives on Science 2 (3):302-323.
    Genes and messages have a long association in biology, dating back at least to Weismann. But, through most of this history, even with the dramatic concreteness that molecular biology lent to this association, the image dominating most thinking about messages was drawn from the nineteenth-century technology of the telegraph. In the mid-twentieth century, a new technology, the computer, arrived to displace the telegraph. With that displacement, the meanings of many terms—of “message,” “information,” “organization,” indeed, “organism” —have, over the past few (...)
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  40. A Shared Epistemological Tradition'.Lisa‘John Dewey Heldke & Evelyn Fox Keller - 1989 - Hypatia 2 (3):129-40.
     
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    Secrets of God, nature, and life1.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1990 - History of the Human Sciences 3 (2):229-242.
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    Bucking the system.Evelyn Fox Keller, Jeremy C. Ahouse, Michael Redhead, David Colander & Stephen H. Kellert - 2000 - Metascience 9 (1):39-72.
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    11 Beyond the Gene but Beneath the Skin.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2006 - In Eva M. Neumann-Held, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Barbara Herrnstein Smith & E. Roy Weintraub (eds.), Genes in Development: Re-reading the Molecular Paradigm. Duke University Press. pp. 290-312.
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    Contenders for Life: Approaches from Physics, Biology, and Engineering.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2010 - In Moritz Epple & Claus Zittel (eds.), Science as Cultural Practice: Vol. I: Cultures and Politics of Research From the Early Modern Period to the Age of Extremes. Berlin: Akademie Verlag. pp. 153-162.
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    Contenders for Life: Approaches from Physics, Biology, and Engineering.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2010 - In Moritz Epple & Claus Zittel (eds.), Science as cultural practice. Berlin: Akademie Verlag. pp. 153-162.
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  46. Czas wykraczania poza gen.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2013 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 4 (2):217-234.
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  47. Structures of heredity. Review of Eva Jablonka and Marion Lamb, epigenetic inheritance and evolution, the Lamarckian dimension.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1998 - Biology and Philosophy 13 (1):113-118.
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  48. Secrets of Life, Secrets of Death: Essays on Science and Culture.Evelyn Fox Keller - 2013 - Routledge.
    First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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    The Gender/Science System: Response to Kelly Oliver.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1988 - Hypatia 3 (3):149 - 152.
    I welcome the opportunity to respond to Kelly Oliver's critique of my paper published earlier in this journal for at least three reasons: out of respect for the tradition of intellectual exchange to which Oliver's invitation tacitly appeals; because the issues are of quite general importance, even far beyond feminist theory; and out of fidelity to the goals of contemporary feminist theory, central to which I take to be the unravelling of classical dichotomies. This commitment inspires me to protest the (...)
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    The Gender/Science System: Response to Kelly Oliver.Evelyn Fox Keller - 1988 - Hypatia 3 (3):149-152.
    I welcome the opportunity to respond to Kelly Oliver's critique of my paper published earlier in this journal for at least three reasons: out of respect for the tradition of intellectual exchange to which Oliver's invitation tacitly appeals; because the issues are of quite general importance, even far beyond feminist theory; and out of fidelity to the goals of contemporary feminist theory, central to which I take to be the unravelling of classical dichotomies. This commitment inspires me to protest the (...)
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