Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology
"This book has no competition whatsoever. There is no anthology which even attempts to cover this ground.... It will, I believe, become the standard text."
-- Richard Boyd, Cornell University 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.
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Optimization Theory in Evolution
Excerpts from Adaptation and Natural Selection
An Alternative to Individualism in Biology
Typological versus Population Thinking
A Matter of Individuality
Toward a Synthesis of Opposing
Contemporary Systematic Philosophies
The Logical Basis of Phylogenetic Analysis
The Detection of Phylogeny
Classical Mendelian Genetics
Moral Philosophy as Applied Science
Four Ways of Biologicizing Ethics
Episternology from an Evolutionary Point of View
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adaptation alleles analysis ancestor animals apomorph argued argument assumption behavior biological species biological species concept biologists Caminalcules characters cladistic cladogram claim classical genetics classification contribution Darwin distinction ecological effects environment evolution evolutionary biology evolutionary taxonomy evolutionary theory evolved example exist explanation explanatory fact Farris fitness fitness2 frequency function genealogy genes genotypes group selection Hennig historical entities homoplasy human hypotheses important individual inferences Lewontin logical Mayr methods molecular monophyletic monophyletic groups morphological natural selection natural state model notion number of offspring objects observation optimization organisms OTUs paraphyletic parsimony particular patterns phenetic phenetic taxonomy pheneticists phenotypes Philosophy phyletic phylogenetic relationship phylogenetic systematics phylogeny plesiomorph possible principles problem propensity question reason relative result scientific theories similarity sociobiology Sokal species concept statistical strategy structure survival synapomorphy Syst taxa taxon taxonomists theoretical tion traits tree typologist University Press variation