Toward a New Philosophy of Biology

by Ernst Mayr
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988. 575 pages.

"Too often in the past the biologists have ignored the analyses of the philosophers, and the philosophers have ignored the discoveries of the biologists," Ernst Mayr writes in the preface to his now-classic 1988 book. "My hope is that this book will help to strengthen the bridge between biology and philosophy, and point to the direction in which a new philosophy of biology will move." "Toward a New Philosophy of Biology is a book to be developed, to be argued with, a book whose margin should be filled with excited scribblings," wrote the reviewer for Nature.