Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

by Robert N. Brandon
     
 

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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.

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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

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

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