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Heroic Antireductionism and Genetics: A Tale of One Science

Russell E. Vance
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 63, Supplement. Proceedings of the 1996 Biennial Meetings of the Philosophy of Science Association. Part I: Contributed Papers (Sep., 1996), pp. S36-S45
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/188509
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Heroic Antireductionism and Genetics: A Tale of One Science
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Abstract

In this paper I provide a novel argument against the claim that classical genetics is being reduced to molecular genetics. Specifically, I demonstrate that reductionists must subscribe to the unargued and problematic thesis that molecular genetics is 'independent' of classical genetics. I also argue that several standard antireductionist positions can be faulted for unnecessarily conceding the Independence Thesis to the reductionists. In place of a 'tale of two sciences', I offer a 'heroic' stance that denies classical genetics is being reduced, yet sees classical and molecular genetics as fundamentally unified.

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