This page features a collection of the best resources on the philosophy of biology. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want an academic overview of the philosophy of biology:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on the philosophy of biology. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the philosophy of biology:
“Three different kinds of philosophical enquiry fall under the general heading of philosophy of biology. First, general theses in the philosophy of science are addressed in the context of biology. Second, conceptual puzzles within biology itself are subjected to philosophical analysis. Third, appeals to biology are made in discussions of traditional philosophical questions. The first two kinds of philosophical work are typically conducted in the context of a detailed knowledge of actual biology, the third less so….”
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While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on philosophy of biology.
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