Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection

Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection

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In 1859 Darwin described a deceptively simple mechanism that he called "natural selection," a combination of variation, inheritance, and reproductive success. He argued that this mechanism was the key to explaining the most puzzling features of the natural world, and science and philosophy were changed forever as a result. The exact nature of the Darwinian process has been controversial ever since, however. Godfrey-Smith draws on new developments in biology,
philosophy of science, and other fields to give a new analysis and extension of Darwin's idea. The central concept used is that of a "Darwinian population," a collection of things with the capacity to undergo change by natural selection. From this starting point, new analyses of the role of genes in
evolution, the application of Darwinian ideas to cultural change, and "evolutionary transitions" that produce complex organisms and societies are developed. Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection will be essential reading for anyone interested in evolutionary theory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 170 x 234 x 12mm | 356g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0199596271
  • 9780199596270
  • 431,167

Table of contents

1. Introduction and Overview ; 2. Natural Selection and its Representation ; 3. Variation, Selection, and Origins ; 4. Reproduction and Individuality ; 5. Bottlenecks, Germ Lines, and Queen Bees ; 6. Levels and Transitions ; 7. The Gene's Eye View ; 8. Cultural Evolution ; Appendix. Models
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Review from previous edition Peter Godfrey-Smith's Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection is a dense and deep work on the foundations of evolutionary biology... Godfrey-Smith's book fruitfully forces us to think in new ways about evolution and natural selection. * Jay Odenbaugh, Science * Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection will be something to be reckoned with for anybody interested in the conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory and in the applicability of Darwinian ideas beyond the strict confines of biological evolution. * Massimo Pigliucci, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Peter Godfrey-Smith

Peter Godfrey-Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature (CUP, 1996) and Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Chicago University Press, 2003).
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