Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection by Peter Godfrey-Smith
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Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection
By Peter Godfrey-Smith

Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection

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Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Book Awards

  • Winner of Lakatos Prize 2010.

Book Description

In 1859 Darwin described a deceptively simple mechanism that he called "natural selection," a combination of variation, inheritance, and reproductive success. He argued that this mechanism was the key to explaining the most puzzling features of the natural world, and science and philosophy were changed forever as a result. The exact nature of the Darwinian process has been controversial ever since, however. Godfrey-Smith draws on new developments in biology, philosophy of science, and other fields to give a new analysis and extension of Darwin's idea. The central concept used is that of a "Darwinian population," a collection of things with the capacity to undergo change by natural selection. From this starting point, new analyses of the role of genes in evolution, the application of Darwinian ideas to cultural change, and "evolutionary transitions" that produce complex organisms and societies are developed. Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection will be essential reading for anyone interested in evolutionary theory

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199552047
ISBN-10: 0199552045
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x 17mm)
Pages: 218
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Godfrey-Smith

Peter Godfrey-Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature (CUP, 1996) and Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Chicago University Press, 2003).

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