Fall 2011 not offered
What does it mean to integrate or unify sciences? Scientists and philosophers have often advocated the unity of science, but for much of the 20th century, unification has been contested within the life sciences. None of the multiple programs for the unification of biology have comfortably integrated all of the life science disciplines, and they have differed substantially over the autonomy of the life sciences from chemistry and physics. This course will briefly address philosophical conceptions of the unity or disunity of science and then will examine four programs for unifying biology: the neo-Darwinian synthesis, molecular biology, artificial life, and developmental systems theory. The focus of this examination will be the relation between scientific practice (the concrete research activities undertaken on behalf of the program) and the cultural meanings of life associated with it.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Prerequisites: [SISP202 or PHIL287] OR [SISP205 or PHIL288 or ENVS205] OR [BIOL182 or MB&B182]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
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The course is an upper-level seminar in the Science in Society Program and the Philosophy Department and is also intended to provide philosophical, historical, and cultural background for the Integrated Genomic Sciences initiative.