© 1974

The Understanding of Nature

Essays in the Philosophy of Biology


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 1-12
  3. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 13-34
  4. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 53-73
  5. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 74-107
  6. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 127-153
  7. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 154-171
  8. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 172-179
  9. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 180-188
  10. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 189-200
  11. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 201-206
  12. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 207-227
  13. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 228-242
  14. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 243-253
  15. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 254-293
  16. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 294-319
  17. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 320-345
  18. Marjorie Grene
    Pages 346-360

About this book


No student or colleague of Marjorie Grene will miss her incisive presence in these papers on the study and nature of living nature, and we believe the new reader will quickly join the stimulating discussion and critique which Professor Grene steadily provokes. For years she has worked with equally sure knowledge in the classical domain of philosophy and in modern epistemological inquiry, equally philosopher of science and metaphysician. Moreover, she has the deeply sensible notion that she should be a critically intelligent learner as much as an imaginatively original thinker, and as a result she has brought insightful expository readings of other philosophers and scientists to her own work. We were most fortunate that Marjorie Grene was willing to spend a full semester of a recent leave here in Boston, and we have on other occasions sought her participation in our colloquia and elsewhere. Now we have the pleasure of including among the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science this generous selection from Grene's philosophical inquiries into the understanding of the natural world, and of the men and women in it. Boston University Center for the R. S. COHEN Philosophy and History of Science M. W. W ARTOFSKY April 1974 PREFACE This collection spans - spottily - years from 1946 ('On Some Distinctions between Men and Brutes') to 1974 ('On the Nature of Natural Necessity').


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, DavisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Understanding of Nature
  • Book Subtitle Essays in the Philosophy of Biology
  • Authors Marjorie Grene
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0462-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-0463-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-2224-8
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 379
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Medicine
    Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
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