How molecular is molecular developmental biology? A reply to Alex Rosenberg's reductionism redux: Computing the embryo

TitleHow molecular is molecular developmental biology? A reply to Alex Rosenberg's reductionism redux: Computing the embryo
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsLaubichler, M D., and G P. Wagner
JournalBiology & Philosophy
Pagination53–68
KeywordsBUD, EVOLUTIONARY, FEEDBACK LOOP, functional kinds, GENE-EXPRESSION, GROWTH, HEDGEHOG, molecular developmental biology, physicalist antireductionism, VERTEBRATE LIMB
Abstract

This paper argues in defense of the anti-reductionist consensus in the philosophy of biology. More specifically, it takes issues with Alex Rosenberg's recent challenge of this position. We argue that the results of modern developmental genetics rather than eliminating the need for functional kinds in explanations of development actually reinforce their importance.