The Influence of Genetics on Contemporary Thinking

  • Anne Fagot-Largeault
  • Shahid Rahman
  • Juan Manuel Torres

Part of the Logic, Epistemology, and The Unity of Science book series (LEUS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-LVI
  2. Genetics And The Life Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 2-2
    2. Francisco José Ayala, Miguel Ángel Capó, Camilo José Cela-Conde, Marcos Nadal
      Pages 3-23
    3. Claude Debru
      Pages 25-32
    4. Koichiro Matsuno
      Pages 33-50
    5. Michel Morange
      Pages 51-60
  3. Genetics and Philosophy of Science: The Reductionism Debate and Beyond

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 62-62
    2. Linda Van Speybroeck, Gertrudis Van De Vijver, Dani De Waele
      Pages 115-133
  4. Genetics and the Ethical, Legal and Sociological Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 136-136
    2. Anne Fagot-Largeault
      Pages 137-150
    3. Jean-Yves Goffi
      Pages 151-163
    4. Jonathan Michael Kaplan
      Pages 165-180
    5. Juan Manuel Torres
      Pages 195-206
  5. Back Matter

About this book


This volume reflects on the effects of recent discoveries in genetics on a broad range of scientific fields. In addition to neuroscience, evolutionary biology, anthropology and medicine, contributors analyze the effects of genetics on theories of health, law, epistemology and philosophy of biology. Social and moral concerns about the relationship between genetics, society and the individual also figure prominently. Genetic discoveries fuel central contemporary public policy debates concerning, for example, human cloning, equitable access to healthcare or the role of genetics in medicine. Perhaps more fundamentally, advances in genetics are altering our perception of human life and death.

An interview with François Jacob by Anne Fagot-Largeault opens the volume. In this interview, Jacob, who shared a Nobel Prize with André Lwoff and Jacques Monod for their discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis, addresses many of the central methodological epistemological and ethical questions covered in the volume. The dynamic interdisciplinary character of this volume makes it relevant to scholars from many disciplines, from biology, philosophy and the social sciences.


Anthropology DNA Evolution Genetics Medicine Philosophy of Life Philosophy of Science Public Health epistemology evolutionary biology genes individual philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne Fagot-Largeault
    • 1
  • Shahid Rahman
    • 2
  • Juan Manuel Torres
    • 3
  1. 1.Collége de FranceParisFrance
  2. 2.Université de LilleParisFrance
  3. 3.Universidade de LisboaPortugal and Universidad Nacional del SurBahía BlancaArgentina

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