Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biologyby Robert N. Brandon
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 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.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date:
- Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
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- New Edition
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- 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)
Table of ContentsIntroduction; 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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