Uuspragmatismi ja biologian filosofia. Kielellisiä työkaluja elämäntieteisiin

Neopragmatism and Philosophy of Biology: Linguistic Tools for Life Sciences

The concept of scientific representation, already widely questioned in the philosophy of science and science stu­dies, is facing further challenges in contemporary philosophy of bio­logy. The emergence of system level explanations in biological and biomedical research seems to require not only a new understanding of scientific representation, but also modifications in the way of speaking philosophically about the relevant questions of system biology. Lehti­nen’s article suggests that the neopragmatist conception of language, as outlined by Richard Rorty and Robert B. Brandom, could provide a fruitful, non-representationalist perspective for the philosophy of biology to better grasp the new field of research.

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