Bringing jointly the most recent clinical advances and a few of the main enduring refined philosophical puzzles and difficulties, this ebook collects unique old and modern assets to discover the big variety of matters surrounding the character of lifestyles. choices starting from Aristotle and Descartes to Sagan and Dawkins are organised round 4 large issues overlaying classical discussions of existence, the origins and volume of typical existence, modern man made lifestyles creations and the definition and that means of 'life' in its so much common shape. every one part is preceded through an in depth creation connecting some of the principles mentioned in person chapters and supplying invaluable historical past fabric for knowing them. With its interdisciplinary standpoint, this interesting assortment is vital studying for scientists and philosophers drawn to astrobiology, man made biology and the philosophy of lifestyles.

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