Philosophy of Biology

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 23010

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Other pre-requisites 40 credits of philosophy

Module description

This module will explore the philosophical issues in contemporary evolutionary biology. The module will introduce students to the basics of evolutionary theory. This module will address at least some of the following topics: the dispute between Darwinian and creationist explanations of organic life; the controversy concerning the levels of evolutionary selection; the debates concerning how we should understand adaptive 'fitness'; how we can identify species; the role of evolutionary explanations in mainstream philosophical debates, such as free will and moral psychology.