Download e-book for iPad: Biophilosophy: Analytic and Holistic Perspectives by R Sattler

By R Sattler

ISBN-10: 3540164189

ISBN-13: 9783540164180

ISBN-10: 3642711413

ISBN-13: 9783642711411

This e-book is an advent to biophilosophy, written basically for the scholar of biology, the working towards biologist, and the expert layperson. It doesn't presuppose technical wisdom in biology or philosophy. although, it calls for a willingness to check the main easy foundations of biology that are so usually taken with no consideration. additionally, it issues to the bottomlessness of those foundations, the secret of lifestyles, the Unnamable .,. i've got attempted to extra the attention that organic statements are in response to philosophical assumptions that are found in our minds even sooner than we input the laboratory. those assumptions, which regularly harbor powerful commitments, are uncovered in the course of the e-book. i've got attempted to teach how they impression concrete biolog­ ical learn in addition to our own life and society. therefore, emphasis is put on the relationship among biophilosophy and organic examine at the one hand, and biophilosophy and the human situation at the other.

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They insist, however, that hypotheses validated by observations of experiments may be proven. Hence certainty is possible in experimental biology according to these authors. It is not difficult to demonstrate that their claim is untenable. If we consider our coleoptile hypothesis as an example of experimental biology, then we can see that even an experiment cannot constitute proof of an hypothesis. The fact that the coleoptile stops growing after removal of its tip is in agreement with our hypothesis, but this agreement could be due to different reasons: either because the hormone source has been removed as postulated by the hypotheSis or because the system has been too much disturbed as a result of the injury of the coleoptile.

How could we be absolutely sure that a tree that looks dead actually is dead? How hypothetical the fact is would depend, of course, on the specific case. In some instances it might indeed be rather questionable whether the tree is dead, whereas in other instances this statement may border on certainty. But we can not be certain even at the level of facts. " In this case it is even more difficult to imagine why this observation could be wrong. But maybe a closer inspection would reveal that it is not exactly elliptical.

A theory is neither retained nor rejected for solely rational reasons. As pointed out, scientists may cling to theories even in the presence of contradictory data. The reasons for such tenacity may reach deep into the subconscious. Rationality and logic as well as the empirical basis of the data play an important role in science. , Newton-Smith 1981; Feyerabend 1982). This poses a problem with regard to the demarcation of science toward nonscience such as philosophy, religion, or the arts. Many attempts have been made to provide criteria for a clear-cut demarcation.

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