The Resource Organisms and artifacts : design in nature and elsewhere, Tim Lewens

Organisms and artifacts : design in nature and elsewhere, Tim Lewens

Label
Organisms and artifacts : design in nature and elsewhere
Title
Organisms and artifacts
Title remainder
design in nature and elsewhere
Statement of responsibility
Tim Lewens
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Organisms and Artifacts, Tim Lewens investigates the analogical use of the language of design in evolutionary biology. Uniquely among the natural sciences, biology uses descriptive and explanatory terms more suited to artifacts than organisms. When biologists discuss, for example, the purpose of the panda's thumb and look for functional explanations for organic traits, they borrow from a vocabulary of intelligent design that Darwin's findings could have made irrelevant over a hundred years ago. Lewens argues that examining the analogy between the processes of evolution and the processes by which artifacts are created -- looking at organisms as analogical artifacts -- sheds light on explanations of the form of both organic and inorganic objects. He argues further that understanding the analogy is important for what it can tell us not only about biology but about technology and philosophy. In the course of his argument, Lewens discusses issues of interest to philosophers of biology, biologists, philosophers of mind, and students of technology. These issues include the pitfalls of the design-based thinking of adaptationism, the possible conflict between selection explanations and developmental explanations, a proposed explanation of biological function, and prospects for an informative evolutionary model of technological change. Emerging from these discussions is an explanation of the use of the vocabulary of intelligence and intention in biology that does not itself draw on the ideas of intelligent design, which will be of interest in the ongoing debate over intelligent design creationism
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
570/.1
Index
index present
LC call number
QH331
LC item number
.L533 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Life and mind: philosophical issues in biology and psychology
Label
Organisms and artifacts : design in nature and elsewhere, Tim Lewens
Publication
Note
"A Bradford Book."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-176) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Function, selection, and explanation
  • 6.
  • Deflating function
  • 7.
  • Artifacts and organisms
  • 1.
  • Meaning and the means to an understanding of ends
  • 2.
  • Why is an eye?
  • 3.
  • Adaptationism and engineering
  • 4.
  • On five "-isms"
Control code
ocm57141779
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 183 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780262122610
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b27258956
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)57141779
  • ebsco0262122618

Library Locations

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