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Taking development seriously: who, what, when, where, why, how?



Biology and Philosophy (2006) 21:575­589 DOI 10.1007/s10539-005-7587-8 Ó Springer 2006 -1 ALAN C. LOVE Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 831 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (e-mail: aclove@umn.edu) Received 3 March 2005; accepted in revised form 19 May 2005 Embryology, Epigenesis, and Evolution: Taking Development Seriously. Jason Scott Robert, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 2004. Hb. 158+xvi pp. $60.00. ISBN: 0-521-82467-2. Interests and questions Statement of competing interest: the review author has received,funding to pursue research projects, both conceptual and experimental, which `take development seriously.' The above disclaimer serves two functions. First, it offers a reminder that historians and philosophers have agendas even if our funding sources are not subject to the same scrutiny that many biological researchers now must address through statements of this kind. Having recently received a friendly accusation of being in collusion with prominent biologists in articulating a preferred history of evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-devo), where the goal is very much to `take development seriously' with respect to evolutionary explanations of phenotypic change, a little reflexivity may be warranted in this review essay. In fact, I concur with many of the arguments offered in Jason Robert's excellent book. It is a



Biology & PhilosophySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 1, 2006

DOI: 10.1007/s10539-005-7587-8

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