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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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Introduction: Lamarckian Problematics in the Philosophy of Biology

Introduction: Lamarckian Problematics in the Philosophy of Biology

(p.297) 28 Introduction: Lamarckian Problematics in the Philosophy of Biology
Transformations of Lamarckism

Snait B. Gissis

Eva Jablonka

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the importance of Lamarckian problematics in the philosophy of biology. It begins with an overview of the history of the philosophy of biology. It then discusses the niche construction, an important aspect of the developmental systems theory (DST). The chapter also discusses the models, mechanisms, and importance of epigenetic inheritance. Finally, the chapter examines the notion of the genome as a developmental system.

Keywords:   Lamarckian problematics, philosophy, biology, Niche construction, developmental systems theory, DST, epigenetic inheritance, genome

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