Processes of Life collects sixteen diverse essays that represent the fruits of Dupré’s directorship of Egenis, the ESRC centre for genomics in society, which has operated in Exeter since 2002. The collection is organized into four subsections, covering Dupré’s insights on science, biology, microbes, and humans. Although the specific topic of genomics is tackled more directly in another of Dupré’s recent works, Genomes and What to Make of Them ( Barnes and Dupré [2008] ), there are two central pleas tying these essays together. One is to overthrow the long-standing macrobial hegemony in philosophy of biology. The other is to let go of our commitment to reality as a collection of static objects, in favour of a picture that treats objects as ‘temporarily...

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