Reduction and Progress in Biology

By Sun Kyeong Yu.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The historical development of debates about reduction testifies to us that reductionism in biology must proceed by providing a precise and complete causal explanation for every biological phenomenon at the level of molecules. An inter-theoretical reduction model was proposed in biology but proved unsuccessful due to its inability to accommodate and explain the success of molecular biology. Ever since the molecular structure of the gene was discovered, actual biological research has successfully generated explanations for complex biological facts in terms of the predicates of molecular biology. Biological phenomena, which classical functional biology explains only with limited powers, are more accurately described and comprehensively explained as the reduction processes advance with molecular biology. It is clear that the reductionist research program of molecular biology is the best account of success and progress in biology.

Keywords: Reductionism, Scientific Progress, Philosophy of Biology

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.133-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 519.926KB).

Dr. Sun Kyeong Yu

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy, Minnesota State University Mankato, Durham, Minnesota, USA

I am a full-time instructor of philosophy at Minnesota State University Mankato, and currently completing my Ph.D. dissertation in Philosophy of Biology at Duke University.

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