Darwinism's Struggle for Survival: Heredity and the Hypothesis of Natural Selection / Edition 1

Darwinism's Struggle for Survival: Heredity and the Hypothesis of Natural Selection / Edition 1

by Jean Gayon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521039673

ISBN-13: 9780521039673

Pub. Date: 08/27/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Darwinism's Struggle for Survival Jean Gayon offers a philosophical interpretation of the history of theoretical Darwinism. He begins by examining the different forms taken by the hypothesis of natural selection in the nineteenth century (Darwin, Wallace, Galton) and the major difficulties which it encountered, particularly with regard to its compatibility with the…  See more details below

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In Darwinism's Struggle for Survival Jean Gayon offers a philosophical interpretation of the history of theoretical Darwinism. He begins by examining the different forms taken by the hypothesis of natural selection in the nineteenth century (Darwin, Wallace, Galton) and the major difficulties which it encountered, particularly with regard to its compatibility with the theory of heredity. He then shows how these difficulties were overcome during the seventy years which followed the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, and he concludes by analysing the major features of the genetic theory of natural selection as it developed from 1920 to 1960. This rich and wide-ranging study will appeal to philosophers and historians of science and to evolutionary biologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521039673
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/27/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface to the English edition
Introduction1
Pt. 1The Darwinian hypothesis17
1Wallace and Darwin: a disagreement and its meaning19
2The ontology of selection60
3Jenkin's objections, Darwin's dilemma85
Pt. 2Selection faced with the challenge of heredity: sixty years of principled crisis103
4Galton and the concept of heredity105
5Post-Darwinian views of selection and regression147
6The strategy of indirect corroboration: the case of mimicry178
7The search for direct proof: biometry197
8Establishing the possibility of natural selection: the confrontation of Darwinism and Mendelism253
Pt. 3The genetic theory of selection319
9The place of selection in theoretical population genetics321
10The empirical and the formal355
Conclusion397
Notes408
Bibliography470
Index504

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