Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

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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.
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"Brandon is a highly original thinker whose anthology rewards and often demands careful study." International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Adaptation and Evolutionary Theory 3
2 Biological Teleology: Questions and Explanations 30
3 A Structural Description of Evolutionary Theory 46
4 The Levels of Selection 58
5 Phenotypic Plasticity, Cultural Transmission, and Human Sociobiology 69
6 From Icons to Symbols: Some Speculations on the Origins of Language 85
7 Individuality, Pluralism, and the Phylogenetic Species Concept 106
8 The Levels of Selection: A Hierarchy of Interactors 124
9 Theory and Experiment in Evolutionary Biology 147
10 The Coevolution of Organism and Environment 161
11 Reductionism versus Holism versus Mechanism 179
References 205
Index 219
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