Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology

Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology

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There has been considerable and lively debate in philosophy of biology over the decade since the first edition of this anthology appeared. Changes and additions in the new edition reflect the ways in which the subject has broadened and deepened on several fronts; more than half of the-chapters are new. In all, twenty-three selections take up fitness, function and teleology, adaptationism, units of selection, essentialism and population thinking, species, systematic philosophies, phylogenetic inference, reduction of Mendelian genetics to molecular biology, ethics and sociobiology, and cultural evolution and evolutionary epistemology. Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Epistemology is the study of the foundations and nature of knowledge. ... Such approaches might be termed aquot;transcendentalaquot; insofar as the appeal to knowledge in order to answer these questions ... from our understanding of conceptual change and the development of theories (cf., Somenzi, Popper, Campbell, and Plotkin).


Title:Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology
Author: Elliott Sober
Publisher:MIT Press - 1994
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