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  • Michael Zerella's research has focused on the conceptual basis of evolutionary theory and biological mechanisms. He has argued that large parts of the conceptual basis for evolutionary theory that was formed during the early to mid-20th century is inadequate for proper understanding and description of how adaptive evolution by natural selection really works. He also works to introduce biology teachers to philosophy of biology so that they may use it to deepen classroom discussions and enhance student understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of science in general and of biology in particular.

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  • philosophy of biology, laws of nature, biological mechanisms, natural selection, teleology

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Teaching

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  • PHIL 1200 Contemporary Social Problems (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 1400 Philosophy and the Sciences (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 1200 Contemporary Social Problems (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 1400 Philosophy and the Sciences (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 1200 Contemporary Social Problems (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 1400 Philosophy and the Sciences (Spring 2018)

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