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Philosophy and Revolutions in Genetics

Deep Science and Deep Technology


Part of the Renewing Philosophy book series (REP)

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About this book


The last century saw two great revolutions in genetics; the development of classic Mendelian theory and the discovery and investigation of DNA. Each fundamental scientific discovery in turn generated its own distinctive technology. Biotechnology is the offspring of the latter and is expected to be the driving force behind economic growth in the twenty-first century. These two case studies enable the author to conduct a philosophical exploration of the relationship between fundamental scientific discoveries on the one hand, and the technologies that spring from them on the other. As such it is also an exercise in the philosophy of technology.


development economic growth exercise genetics growth hybridization nature philosophy revolution scientific discovery technology transformation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for the Environment, Philosophy & Public PolicyUniversity of LancasterUK

About the authors

KEEKOK LEE is currently Visiting Chair in Philosophy at the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy, Lancaster University. Her research interests include environmental philosophy, philosophy of technology, and the relationship between the environment and technology from the ontological perspective. Published works include The Natural and the Artefactual (1999) and Social Philosophy and Ecological Scarcity (1989).

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'...this book presents a unique take on the new genetics and biotechnology.' - J. A. Kegley, Choice