The Evolutionary Dynamics of Complex Systems

The Evolutionary Dynamics of Complex Systems : A Study in Biosocial Complexity

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This book examines sociobiology and evolution from the scientific and philosophical perspectives. Both sociobiology and evolution are areas of modern biology fraught with controversy and misunderstanding, yet fundamental to a coherent view of human life. For scientists and philosophers of science, at issue are the basic underpinnings of biology: explanation, determination, teleology, reductionism, and hierarchy. Professor Dyke describes the controversies involved, and argues that progress in sociobiology and evolution is hindered by an outmoded philosophical view of science - one that does not adequately take into account recent advances in our understanding of basic biological processes. The author aims to shift the focus from a philosophical understanding of biology to a dynamic, philosophically aware science.show more

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  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195051769
  • 9780195051766

Table of contents

Introduction; Explanation, possibility, and determinism; The structure of emergence; Complexity and closure; Layers, loops, and levels; Nature and convention; The evolution of second nature; Negotiating social space; The formative dynamics of cities; Toward a social dynamics.show more

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