• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy

2007 semster 1 : PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY:

Sexual selection - group selection - the selfish gene - explanations in evolution - reductionism - contradictory interpretations of genetics - sociology of genetics


Q: Are Species


(a) categories fixed by god, or

(b) optimum solutions to evolutionary problems?


A: Neither!


This course is officially known as PHIL3062 : Advanced Philosophical Topics A. It's suitable for anyone interested in Biology. It's open to any student who has taken at least four philosophy courses, and to other humanities students AND SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS with the permission of the lecturer. Email the lecturer at jason.grossman@anu.edu.au if you'd like permission to enrol.

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A one-semester course offered on an occasional basis depending on staff availability.




Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 Units of Philosophy (PHIL) Courses, or by permission of course convenor.

You will need to contact the School of Philosophy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4865 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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