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Book talk: The Truth is the Whole: Essays in Honor of Richard Levins

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: MIT • Room 32-141 • Cambridge

The Boston chapter of Science for the People and Radius are hosting a 

book launch.  The 1.5-hour program will include prepared remarks by Peter 

Taylor, Katherine Yih, Nafis Hasan, Victor Wallis, and Abha Sur, as well 

as Q&A with this panel of speakers. Paperback books will be available 

for purchase for $15.

Levins (1930-2016) was an ecologist, evolutionary biologist, 

biomathematician, philosopher of science, complexity theorist, Marxist, 

and one-time tropical farmer. Key to all aspects of his thinking was a 

dialectical logic of process and change. His work provides a framework 

for the understanding of crises in environment and society and their 

analytic relationship with capitalism and imperialism, as well as the 

tools for the critique of biological determinist justifications for the 

existing structures of power. This collection of essays pays tribute to 

Levins by carrying forward his work in the development of the 

understanding of the dialectics of nature and society.

The book includes an introduction by John Vandermeer and chapters by 

Antonio Bodini, Douglas Boucher, David Bruck, Luis Fernando Chaves, 

Harold Heatwole, Patricia Lane, Julio Munoz-Rubio, Cristina de 

Albuquerque Possas, Brian Rubineau, Javier Sandoval Guzmán, David 

Schwartzman, Peter J. Taylor, Robert G. Wallace & colleagues, and Victor 


Also featured are reminiscences and tributes by Tamara Awerbuch, 

Graciela Campos Escalante, Arturo Cervantes, Yrjo Haila, Aurora Levins 

Morales, Olga Mas, Leda M. Menéndez Carrera & colleagues, Hilary Rose 

and Steven Rose, and William Wimsatt.

Editors: Tamara Awerbuch, Maynard S. Clark, and Peter J. Taylor.

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