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The Dialectical Biologist
by Richard Levins and Richard Lewontin
Harvard University Press, 1985
Cloth: 978-0-674-20281-8 | Paper: 978-0-674-20283-2 | eISBN: 978-0-674-25533-3
Library of Congress Classification QH331.L529 1985
Dewey Decimal Classification 574.01

Scientists act within a social context and from a philosophical perspective that is inherently political. Whether they realize it or not, scientists always choose sides. The Dialectical Biologist explores this political nature of scientific inquiry, advancing its argument within the framework of Marxist dialectic. These essays stress the concepts of continual change and codetermination between organism and environment, part and whole, structure and process, science and politics. Throughout, this book questions our accepted definitions and biases, showing the self-reflective nature of scientific activity within society.
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