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 courses (in any field) with at least 1.5 in philosophy. Students with a background in Biology are exempt from the prerequisite of 1.5 courses in Philosophy

Recommended Preparation: 
Distribution Requirements: 
Humanities
Breadth Requirements: 
Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)