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Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

By: Robert N Brandon

221 pages, Figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 1996 | #50884 | ISBN: 0521498880
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Hardback | Mar 1996 | #50880 | ISBN: 0521495458
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Collection of recent essays which cover all the traditional topics in the philosophy of evolutionary biology: the nature of fitness, teleology, the structure of the theory of natural selection, and the levels of selection. As such they serve as a useful introduction to the field.

'Anybody who feels that philosophy is of little importance to biology should read this excellent collection of papers by Robert Brandon. Each chapter offers the spectacle of a razor sharp mind neatly dissecting important problems in evolutionary biology with clinical precision ... I have no hesitation in recommending it.' Richard J. Ladle, Biologist


Introduction; Part I: 1. Adaptation and evolutionary theory; 2. Biological teleology: questions and explanations; 3. A structural description of evolutionary theory; 4. The levels of selection; Part II: 5. Phenotypic plasticity, cultural transmission and human sociobiology; 6. From icons to symbols: some speculations on the origins of language; 7. Individuality, pluralism, and the phylogenetic species concept; 8. The levels of selection: a hierarchy of interactors; Part III: 9. Theory and experiment in evolutionary biology; 10. The co-evolution of organism and environment; 11. Reductionism versus holism versus mechanism; References; Index.

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