PHIL 256: Philosophy of Biology I Lindley Darden, Fall 2013, TTH 12:30-1:45 email: darden at umd.edu Explore conceptual issues in evolutionary theory, genetics, and in the discovery of the Watson-Crick model of the double helix structure of DNA. Consider the ethical implications, if any, of recent work in genetics. Questions to be addressed: Are genes selfish? What kind of reasoning do scientists use in discovering a new model? Should scientists use other's data without their permission? Should parents be allowed to choose the sex of their child? Should cloning be allowed? The student should have good analytical and writing skills to use in doing critical thinking and writing. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and group projects. Some knowledge of biology, especially evolutionary theory and genetics, is desirable, but not required. _______________________________________________________________________ Hist 404 History of Modern Biology Phil 458B, Phil 688B, Topics in Philosophy of Science Fall 2013, TTH 3:30-4:45, Skinner 1115 History and Philosophy of Modern Biology Instructor: Lindley Darden office: 1102A; Skinner; phone: 301-405-5699 email: darden at umd.edu This is a combined history and philosophy of modern biology course. The historical cases to be examined are nineteenth and twentieth century evolutionary theory, Mendelian genetics, molecular biology, genomics and post genomics. Readings include both primary and secondary historical sources, as well as readings on philosophical issues raised by the biological cases. Participation in class discussions is expected. This course is appropriate for history, philosophy, and biological science majors, science journalists, and biology teachers. Some knowledge of biology will be helpful. Graduate students who wish to take the course at the 600 level should contact the instructor; additional requirements apply.