The Dialectical Biologist

9788189833770

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2009

303 pages

Price INR 395.00
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Scientists act within a social context and from a philosophical perspective that is inherently political. Whether they realize it or not, scientists always choose sides. The Dialectical Biologist explores this political nature of scientific inquiry, advancing its argument within the framework of Marxist dialectic. These essays stress the concepts of continual change and co-determination between organism and environment, part and whole, structure and process, science and politics. Throughout, this book questions our accepted definitions and biases, showing the self-reflective nature of scientific activity within society.

Richard Lewontin

Richard Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. He is the author of The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment; It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of Human Genome and Other Illusions; and (with Richard Levins) The Dialectical Biologist.