Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology
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Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology by Robert N. Brandon
Book DescriptionRobert 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521495455
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This collection of Professor Brandon's recent essays covers all the traditional topics in the philosophy of evolutionary biology.
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