Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Hardback)
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Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection (Hardback)

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Hardback 218 Pages / Published: 26/03/2009
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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

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199552047
Number of pages: 218
Weight: 493 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 17 mm


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Peter Godfrey-Smith's Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection is a dense and deep work on the foundations of evolutionary biology... God rey-Smith's book fruitfully forces us to think in new ways about evolution and natural selection. * Jay Odenbaugh, Science *
Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection will be something to be reckoned with for anybody interested in the conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory and in the applicability of Darwinian ideas beyond the strict confines of biological evolution. * Massimo Pigliucci, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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