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Beyond Reductionism and Emergence: A Study of the Epistemic Practices in Gene Expression Research

Abstract A central task for historians and philosophers of science is to characterize and analyze the epistemic practices in a given science. The epistemic practice of a science includes its explanatory goals as well as the methods used to achieve these goals. This dissertation addresses the epistemic practices in gene expression research spanning the mid-twentieth century to the twenty-first century. The critical evaluation of the standard historical narratives of the molecular life sciences clarifies certain philosophical problems with respect to reduction, emergence, and representation, and offers new ways with which to think about the development of scientific research and the nature of scientific change.

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Created Date 2016
Contributor Racine, Valerie (Author) / Maienschein, Jane (Advisor) / Laubichler, Manfred D (Advisor) / Creath, Richard (Committee member) / Newfeld, Stuart (Committee member) / Morange, Michel (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Philosophy / Molecular biology / History / developmental evolution / emergence / gene expression / gene regulatory networks / molecular biology / reductionism
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 169 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Philosophy 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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