The Evolution of Darwinism: Selection, Adaptation and Progress in Evolutionary Biology

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Cambridge University Press, 15 мар. 2004 г. - Всего страниц: 342
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No other scientific theory has had as tremendous an impact on our understanding of the world as Darwin's theory as outlined in his Origin of Species, yet from the very beginning the theory has been subject to controversy. The Evolution of Darwinism, first published in 2004, focuses on three issues of debate - the nature of selection, the nature and scope of adaptation, and the question of evolutionary progress. It traces the varying interpretations to which these issues were subjected from the beginning and the fierce contemporary debates that still rage on and explores their implications for the greatest questions of all: Where we come from, who we are and where we might be heading. Written in a clear and non-technical style, this book will be of use as a textbook for students in the philosophy of science who need to become familiar with the background to the debates about evolution.

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Introduction page
1
Darwin and Natural Selection
11
The Group Selection Controversy
37
For Whose Good Does Natural Selection Work?
63
Darwin and Others on Biological Perfection
93
Adaptation After Darwin
115
Adaptation ism and Its Limits
143
PROGRESS
173
Evolutionary Progress from Darwin to Dawkins
196
Is Evolution Progressive?
220
Human Physical and Mental Evolution
247
Epilogue
283
Notes
295
References
321
Index
339
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