PHL357H1: Philosophy of Biology

Hours

36L

Philosophical issues in the foundations of biology, e.g., the nature of life, evolutionary theory; controversies about natural selection; competing mechanisms, units of selection; the place of teleology in biology; biological puzzles about sex and sexual reproduction; the problem of species; genetics and reductionism; sociobiology; natural and artificial life.

Prerequisite
7.5 credits which include one of the following: (1) PHL255H1 and an additional 1.0 PHL credit, (2) 1.5 PHL credits and HPS250H1, or (3) 1.5 credits in BCH/ BIO/ CSB/ EEB/ HMB/ IMM/ LMP/ MGY/ NFS/ PHC/ PCL/ PSL/ PSY.
Exclusion
Distribution Requirements
Humanities
Breadth Requirements
Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Mode of Delivery
In Class