Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

by Robert N. Brandon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521498880

ISBN-13: 9780521498883

Pub. Date: 11/28/1995

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 as such could serve as an introduction to the field. There are essays on the nature of fitness, teleology, the structure of the theory of natural

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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 as such could serve as an introduction to the field. There are essays on the nature of fitness, teleology, the structure of the theory of natural selection, and the levels of selection. The book also deals with newer topics that are less frequently discussed but are of growing interest, e.g. the evolution of human language and the role of experimentation in evolutionary biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521498883
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

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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