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New Directions in the Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Stem Cell Biology

Knowledge in Flesh and Blood

Authors: Fagan, M.

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This examination of stem cell biology from a philosophy of science perspective clarifies the field's central concept, the stem cell, as well as its aims, methods, models, explanations and evidential challenges. Relations to systems biology and clinical medicine are also discussed.

About the authors

MELINDA BONNIE FAGAN is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA. She has PhDs in Biological Sciences (Stanford University, 1998) and History and Philosophy of Science (Indiana University, Bloomington, 2007) and has published over twenty articles and book chapters on biology and philosophy of science.

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"Melinda Fagan's book on the philosophy of stem cell biology is a superb discussion of this exciting field of contemporary science, and the first book-length philosophical treatment of the subject. It contains a detailed and insightful examination of stem cell science, its structure, methods, and challenges....To conclude, this book, which fills a major gap in contemporary philosophy of science, will be of interest to all philosophers of biology, to philosophers interested in experimental sciences and scientific practice, as well as to stem cell researchers themselves. As an extended discussion of the philosophy of stem cell biology, it will constitute a central work for years to come. The book serves as an ideal point of departure for conducting further philosophical research on the fascinating field of stem cell science, as well as an exemplar for how to approach philosophically today's experimental sciences; a truly impressive achievement."

-Stavros Ionnidis, Metascience (2015) 24:285 288


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Visceral Phenomena

    Fagan, Melinda Bonnie

    Pages 1-11

  • Stem Cell Concepts

    Fagan, Melinda Bonnie

    Pages 15-47

  • Don’t Know What You’ve Got ’Til It’s Gone: Evidence in Stem Cell Experiments

    Fagan, Melinda Bonnie

    Pages 48-69

  • A State of Uncertainty: Stemness and the Roles of Theory

    Fagan, Melinda Bonnie

    Pages 70-88

  • Mechanistic Explanation: The Joint Account

    Fagan, Melinda Bonnie

    Pages 91-116

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-29602-3
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Hardcover $110.00
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Softcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-34985-2
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  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy of Stem Cell Biology
Book Subtitle
Knowledge in Flesh and Blood
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in the Philosophy of Science
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29602-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137296023
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-36827-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34985-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 274
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