Abstract

When philosopher of biology Michael Ruse moved from Guelph, Ontario, to Florida State University, a very good thing happened for our understanding of the conceptual, historical, and philosophical foundations of biology. Ruse became the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor, which brought with it an endowment that allowed him to organize conferences on a regular basis. As usual, Michael Ruse lost no time, and the resulting series of conferences has brought together biologists, historians, and philosophers in lively discussion of a number of important topics. A favorite image of those events is that of Ernst Mayr, sitting in the boat during a swamp tour on a drowsy Florida afternoon. The aging but ever-intense Mayr seemed to be dozing, when suddenly he pointed and declared a noteworthy bird, then another, and another. That led to a discussion of whether biodiversity is declining; then to philosophical questions about how we count diversity; and finally to ethical and policy questions of why we care. Other conferences have led to debates about science and religion. And so on. In 2005, a group of leading biologists joined philosophers and historians for four days of thinking about form and function. For this meeting, Ruse followed his usual approach. He provided the general theme, brought together a mix of enthusiastic scholars, and waited to see what happened. In this case, it was something very interesting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationForm and Function in Developmental Evolution
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
Volume9780521872683
ISBN (Print)9780511576188, 9780521872683
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Michael Ruse
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Hamilton, A. L., Laubichler, M., & Maienschein, J. (2009). Introduction. In Form and Function in Developmental Evolution (Vol. 9780521872683, pp. 1-9). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511576188.001

Introduction. / Hamilton, Andrew L.; Laubichler, Manfred; Maienschein, Jane.

Form and Function in Developmental Evolution. Vol. 9780521872683 Cambridge University Press, 2009. p. 1-9.

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Hamilton, AL, Laubichler, M & Maienschein, J 2009, Introduction. in Form and Function in Developmental Evolution. vol. 9780521872683, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511576188.001
Hamilton AL, Laubichler M, Maienschein J. Introduction. In Form and Function in Developmental Evolution. Vol. 9780521872683. Cambridge University Press. 2009. p. 1-9 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511576188.001
Hamilton, Andrew L. ; Laubichler, Manfred ; Maienschein, Jane. / Introduction. Form and Function in Developmental Evolution. Vol. 9780521872683 Cambridge University Press, 2009. pp. 1-9
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