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Part of a series which explores philosophical issues and which is written specifically for the general reader. The book opens with a question about evolution, which it continues to explore, while new questions are raised with frequent reference to major philosophers.
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Part of a series which explores philosophical issues and which is written specifically for the general reader. The book opens with a question about evolution, which it continues to explore, while new questions are raised with frequent reference to major philosophers.
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The author discusses the philosophical question "what is the theory of evolution for?" for the general reader. He explains the complex relationship between the classification of animals and plants and the theory of evolution as proposed by Darwin and others. The evidence for evolution is shown to be compelling, but difficulties surround the theory of natural selection, even in its contemporary version. It is a convincing theory of adaptation, but tells little or nothing about the pattern of evolution and thus about classification, the original purpose of evolutionary theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312096977
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/15/1993
  • Series: Mind Matters Series
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

foreword
preface
introduction 1
1 what is the theory for? 4
2 Darwin and Wallace 14
3 a historical-philosophical interlude 22
4 the other French revolution 31
5 classification up-to-date 44
6 sceptical interlude 58
7 the evidence for evolution 70
8 theories of mechanism 90
9 Mendel to Muller 102
10 the Synthetic Theory - genes in populations 117
11 the Synthetic Theory - speciation and polymorphism 132
12 challenges to the Synthesis 147
13 patterns of evolution 159
14 questions answered 167
index 177
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