Biology Under The Influence

Dialectical Essays on Ecology, Agriculture and Health

Richard Levins, Richard Lewontin


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2009

400 pages

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In this major collection of essays Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins draw on Marxist philosophy and their deep knowledge of living processes. Their topics range from the Human Genome Project and evolutionary psychology to Cuban agriculture. Each is illuminated by their insistence on a dialectical understanding of biology from the molecular to the socio-ecological. In rejecting simplistic reductionist understandings, they offer important insights into how biology—and science in general—could be reconceptualized in the service of human liberation.

Richard Levins

Richard Levins is John Rock Professor of Population Sciences, Department of Population and International Health at Harvard University, Boston, MA. He is the author, along with Richard Lewontin, of The Dialectical Biologist (1985).

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.