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

Evolution of Darwinism : Selection, Adaptation and Progress in Evolutionary Biology - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521541985

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ISBN13: 978-0521541985
ISBN10: 0521541980
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2004
International: No

Evolution of Darwinism : Selection, Adaptation and Progress in Evolutionary Biology - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521541985

Timothy Shanahan

ISBN13: 978-0521541985
ISBN10: 0521541980
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

No other scientific theory has had as great an impact on our understanding of the world as Darwin's theory outlined in his Origin of Species. Yet the theory has been the subject of controversy from its very beginning. This book focuses on three issues of debate in Darwin's theory of evolution--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 historically through the fierce contemporary debates continuing to rage.

  • Takes both a historical and philosophical approach to contemporary debates on darwinism
  • Written in a style accessible to the non-specialist
  • Potential to be adopted as textbook in philosophy of science courses

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. Selection:

1. Darwin and natural selection
2. The group selection controversy
3. For whose good does natural selection work?

Part II. Adaptation:

4. Darwin (and others) on biological perfection
5. Adaptation after Darwin
6. Adaptation(ism) and its limits

Part III. Progress:

7. Darwin on evolutionary progress
8. Evolutionary progress from Darwin to Dawkins
9. Is evolution progressive?
10. Human physical and mental evolution

Epilogue.

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