Philosophy of biology
Of special interest have been philosophical question in taxonomy, evolutionary theory, genetics and the relation between the ‘hard’ sciences of mathematics, physics, and chemistry, the ‘soft’ biological sciences, and the ‘even softer’ social sciences, economic science. Of particular contemporary interest are problems relating to consciousness, artificial intelligence, neuroscience and problems in the philosophy of mind.
Like other disciplines, in order to thrive the philosophy of biology needed an instrument of communication between its practitioners. The journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences was introduced in 1979 and in 1986 the journal Biology and Philosophy was launched, followed by Biological Theory, Philosophy and Practice of Biology, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, and Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
The following is a list of a few introductory student text books.