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Transformations of LamarckismFrom Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology$
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Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015141

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.001.0001

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Epigenetics and the “New Biology”: Enlisting in the Assault on Reductionism

Epigenetics and the “New Biology”: Enlisting in the Assault on Reductionism

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(p.385) 39 Epigenetics and the “New Biology”: Enlisting in the Assault on Reductionism
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Transformations of Lamarckism
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Alfred I. Tauber

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.003.0039

This chapter gives a brief historical overview of reductionism of both evolutionary theory and developmental biology. It argues that neither reductive methodology nor reductive epistemology seems fundamentally altered by new technologies and contemporary biology has yet to reveal biological systems with metaphysical characteristics different from those envisioned by Hermann von Helmholtz.

Keywords:   reductionism, evolutionary theory, developmental biology, contemporary biology, Hermann von Helmholtz

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