Readings in the History of Evolutionary Theory

Readings in the History of Evolutionary Theory : Selections from Primary Sources

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This collection of primary source readings covers the history of evolutionary theory from its roots in Classical Greece to the present. Beginning with excerpts from Plato and Aristotle, the volume proceeds chronologically through the time of Darwin and ends with a look at the revolutions in thought--such as evolutionary development biology--that carry the evolutionary narrative from Darwin to the current day. Wetherington begins each chapter with an overview that contextualizes the selections it contains. Vivid biographical sketches at the beginning of each reading illuminate the authors and the oeuvre out of which each work arose. These overviews and sketches are designed to assist students in drawing historical distinctions and parallels between the preceding and succeeding units of the book, while discussion questions at the end of each unit allow students to apply the history of evolutionary theory to their own lives. Suggestions for further reading are also provided so that students can pursue their study of evolutionary theory outside of the classroom.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 213.36 x 281.94 x 12.7mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195386876
  • 9780195386875

About Professor Ronald Wetherington

Ronald K. Wetherington is Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University, where he is also the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. He is the author of Understanding Human Evolution (1992) and The Ceramics of Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala (1978).show more

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"The idea of a topical discussion of evolutionary theory based on actual writings of the time is excellent and adds an important and often overlooked historical context to the discourse." --Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame "[Readings in the History of Evolutionary Theory] represents an original contribution to the history of evolutionary thought, and its inclusion of and commentary on historical texts make this a valuable classroom resource..."--David Daegling, University of Floridashow more

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