How Molecular is Molecular Developmental Biology? A Reply to Alex Rosenberg's Reductionism Redux: Computing the Embryo

Manfred Laubichler, Günter P. Wagner

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This paper argues in defense of the anti-reductionist consensus in the philosophy of biology. More specifically, it takes issues with Alex Rosenberg's recent challenge of this position. We argue that the results of modern developmental genetics rather than eliminating the need for functional kinds in explanations of development actually reinforce their importance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-68
Number of pages16
JournalBiology and Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes



  • Functional kinds
  • Molecular developmental biology
  • Physicalist antireductionism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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