Zdenka Brzovic


University of Rijeka

A short historical overview of the debate on reductionism in biology

This paper examines the development of the debate on the possibility of epistemic reductionism in biology and its relation to the question about the status of biology as an autonomous science. The debate on reductionism in biology started with the discussion of Ernest Nagel's (1961) model of reduction in the 1970s which assumes that to reduce a theory means to derive it from the reducing theory.