Philosophy of Behavioral Biology

  • Kathryn S. Plaisance
  • Thomas A.C. Reydon

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 282)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kathryn S. Plaisance, Thomas A. C. Reydon
      Pages 3-24
  3. Genetic Explanations of Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Robert Northcott
      Pages 65-82
  4. Developmental Explanations of Behavior

  5. Evolutionary Explanations of Behavior

  6. Neurobiological Explanations of Behavior

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-373

About this book


This volume provides a broad overview of issues in the philosophy of behavioral biology, covering four main themes: genetic, developmental, evolutionary, and neurobiological explanations of behavior. It is both interdisciplinary and empirically informed in its approach, addressing philosophical issues that arise from recent scientific findings in biological research on human and non-human animal behavior. Accordingly, it includes papers by professional philosophers and philosophers of science, as well as practicing scientists. Much of the work in this volume builds on presentations given at the international conference, “Biological Explanations of Behavior: Philosophical Perspectives”, held in 2008 at the Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany. The volume is intended to be of interest to a broad range of audiences, which includes philosophers (e.g., philosophers of mind, philosophers of biology, and metaethicists), as well as practicing scientists, such as biologists or psychologists whose interests relate to biological explanations of behavior. 

Editors and affiliations

  • Kathryn S. Plaisance
    • 1
  • Thomas A.C. Reydon
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HanoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2., Institut für PhilosophieLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany

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