Philosophy of Biology

More than sixty percent of our food has transgenetic organisms in it, and we are more and more dependent upon computers. We are thus fundamentally supported by the earth's productions (especially air and food) and computers. A critical examination of these essential components of our lives will be the focus of our work within the course.  Please join us as we explore the intersections between Biology and Philosophy in order to analyze scientific ideas and their ecological and philosophical consequences.  Our investigations will begin with Darwin's Origin of The Species to better understand the evolutionary relationships of organisms.  From Darwin we will branch off into two significant contemporary avenues of study: (1) The genetic engineering of food, and (2) The production of viruses, both living and digital. We will thus examine the biological, philosophical, and socio-political foundations of contemporary life.


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