Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology
3rd Revised edition
Edited by Elliott Sober
Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology by Elliott Sober
Book DescriptionThese essays by leading scientists and philosophers address conceptual issues that arise in the theory and practice of evolutionary biology. The third edition of this widely used anthology has been substantially revised and updated. Four new sections have been added: on women in the evolutionary process, evolutionary psychology, laws in evolutionary theory, and race as social construction or biological reality. Other sections treat fitness, units of selection, adaptationism, reductionism, essentialism, species, phylogenetic inference, cultural evolution, and evolutionary ethics.Each of the twelve sections contains two or three essays that develop different views of the subject at hand. For example, the section on evolutionary psychology offers one essay by two founders of the field and another that questions its main tenets. One sign that a discipline is growing is that there are open questions, with multiple answers still in competition; the essays in this volume demonstrate that evolutionary biology and the philosophy of evolutionary biology are living, growing disciplines. ContributorsRobin O. Andreasen, Kwame Anthony Appiah, David A. Baum, John H. Beatty, David J. Buller, Leda Cosmides, James Donoghue, Steven J. Farris, Joseph Felsenstein, Susan K. Finsen, Joseph Fracchia, Stephen Jay Gould, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, David L. Hull, Philip Kitcher, R. C. Lewontin, Elisabeth Lloyd, Ernst Mayr, Michael Ruse, John Maynard Smith, Elliott Sober, John Tooby, C. Kenneth Waters, George C. Williams, David Sloan Wilson, E. O. Wilson
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262693387
(229mm x 178mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Elliott Sober
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This book uses philosophy, science and probability to analyse why simpler theories are better than theories that are more complex.
Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?, Paperback (December 2010)
Collects philosophical essays on Darwin. This title raises such questions as: Did Charles Darwin reject the idea that group selection causes characteristics to evolve that are good for the group but bad for the individual? How does Darwin's discussion of God square with the common view of him as the champion of methodological naturalism?
Evidence and Evolution, Paperback (March 2008)
Elliott Sober explores how the concept of evidence applies to creationism, natural selection and common ancestry.
Adaptationism and Optimality, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by Elliott Sober
A systematic treatment of foundational, conceptual, and methodological issues surrounding the theory of adaptationism.
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Author Biography - Elliott Sober
Eliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of The Nature of Selection (MIT Press, 1984), Reconstructing the Past (MIT Press, 1988), Philosophy of Biology, and, with David S. Wilson, Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior.
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