Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

by Robert N. Brandon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521495458

ISBN-13: 9780521495455

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Robert Brandon is one of the most important and influential of contemporary philosophers of biology. This collection of his recent essays covers all the traditional topics in the philosophy of evolutionary biology and could serve as an introduction to the field.  See more details below

Overview

Robert Brandon is one of the most important and influential of contemporary philosophers of biology. This collection of his recent essays covers all the traditional topics in the philosophy of evolutionary biology and could serve as an introduction to the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521495455
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Adaptation and Evolutionary Theory3
2Biological Teleology: Questions and Explanations30
3A Structural Description of Evolutionary Theory46
4The Levels of Selection58
5Phenotypic Plasticity, Cultural Transmission, and Human Sociobiology69
6From Icons to Symbols: Some Speculations on the Origins of Language85
7Individuality, Pluralism, and the Phylogenetic Species Concept106
8The Levels of Selection: A Hierarchy of Interactors124
9Theory and Experiment in Evolutionary Biology147
10The Coevolution of Organism and Environment161
11Reductionism versus Holism versus Mechanism179
References205
Index219

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