Concepts and methods in evolutionary biology

Robert N. Brandon

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, for example the evolution of human language and the role of experimentation in evolutionary biology. A special feature of the collection is that it avoids jargon and is written in a style that will appeal to working evolutionary biologists as well as philosophers.

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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, for example the evolution of human language and the role of experimentation in evolutionary biology. A special feature of the collection is that it avoids jargon and is written in a style that will appeal to working evolutionary biologists as well as philosophers.

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[目次]

  • 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.

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[目次]

  • 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.

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この本の情報

書名 Concepts and methods in evolutionary biology
著作者等 Brandon, Robert N.
Ruse Michael
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1996
ページ数 xiv, 221 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521498880
0521495458
NCID BA27322996
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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