The Essence of Life

A Scientific Philosophical Perspective

This site presents a brief preliminary introduction to some of the central philosophical questions concerning life − life as the remarkable natural phenomenon, as well as our most important value.

The author of the site, Yifat Gal, holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.Sc. in Human Genetics and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Biology from Tel Aviv University.

Her research specialties include human molecular genetics, evolution, especially Darwin’s theory, and mainly the philosophy of biology, in particular teleology and reduction in biology, and the definition of life.

She taught and developed courses in the fields of biology and philosophy of biology at Tel Aviv University and at the Open University in Israel.

Her current interests are primarily focused on the essence of life and its implications for human life.

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