Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology: Volume I

1st Edition

Stefan Linquist

Published July 14, 2010
Reference - 616 Pages
ISBN 9780754627531 - CAT# Y236455
Series: The International Library of Essays on Evolutionary Thought


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The impact of evolutionary theory on the philosophy of science has been no less profound than its impact on the science of biology itself. Advances in this theory provide a rich set of examples for thinking about the nature of scientific explanation and the structure of science. Many of the developments in our understanding of evolution resulted from contributions by both philosophers and biologists engaging over theoretical questions of mutual interest. This volume traces some of the most influential exchanges in this field over the last few decades. Focal topics include the nature of biological functions, adaptationism as an explanatory and methodological doctrine, the levels of selection debate, the concepts of fitness and drift, and the relationship of evolutionary to developmental biology.

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