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Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521495455

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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.

    • Author well known in the field and is professor of both philosophy and biology
    • Book addresses issues that will be of interest to biologists
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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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    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521495455
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.522kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Robert N. Brandon, Duke University, North Carolina

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