The Nature of Life: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives from Philosophy and Science Mark A. Bedau

ISBN: 9780521517751

Published: September 30th 2010

Hardcover

440 pages


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The Nature of Life: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives from Philosophy and Science  by  Mark A. Bedau

The Nature of Life: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives from Philosophy and Science by Mark A. Bedau
September 30th 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 440 pages | ISBN: 9780521517751 | 4.12 Mb

Bringing together the latest scientific advances and some of the most enduring subtle philosophical puzzles and problems, this book collects original historical and contemporary sources to explore the wide range of issues surrounding the nature ofMoreBringing together the latest scientific advances and some of the most enduring subtle philosophical puzzles and problems, this book collects original historical and contemporary sources to explore the wide range of issues surrounding the nature of life. Selections ranging from Aristotle and Descartes to Sagan and Dawkins are organised around four broad themes covering classical discussions of life, the origins and extent of natural life, contemporary artificial life creations and the definition and meaning of life in its most general form.

Each section is preceded by an extensive introduction connecting the various ideas discussed in individual chapters and providing helpful background material for understanding them. With its interdisciplinary perspective, this fascinating collection is essential reading for scientists and philosophers interested in astrobiology, synthetic biology and the philosophy of life.



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