Adaptationism and Optimality

Front Cover
Steven Hecht Orzack, Steven Orzack, Elliott Sober, Michael Ruse
Cambridge University Press, Jun 4, 2001 - Science - 404 pages
0 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
The debate over the relative importance of natural selection as compared to other forces affecting the evolution of organisms is a long-standing and central controversy in evolutionary biology. The theory of adaptationism argues that natural selection contains sufficient explanatory power in itself to account for all evolution. However, there are differing views about the efficiency of the adaptation model of explanation. If the adaptationism theory is applied, are energy and resources being used to their optimum? This book presents an up-to-date view of this controversy and reflects the dramatic changes in our understanding of evolution that have occurred in the last twenty years. The volume combines contributions from biologists and philosophers, and offers a systematic treatment of foundational, conceptual, and methodological issues surrounding the theory of adaptationism. The essays examine recent developments in topics such as phylogenetic analysis, the theory of optimality and ess models, and methods of testing models.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


A Likelihood Framework for the Phylogenetic Analysis of Adaptation
Adaptation Phylogenetic Inertia and the Method of Controlled Comparisons
Optimality and Phylogeny A Critique of Current Thought
Fit of Form and Function Diversity of Life and Procession of Life as an Evolutionary Game
Optimality and Evolutionary Stability under ShortTerm and LongTerm Selection
Selective Regime and Fig Wasp Sex Ratios Toward Sorting Rigor from PseudoRigor in Tests of Adaptation
Is Optimality Over the Hill? The Fitness Landscapes of Idealized Organisms
Adaptation Optimality and the Meaning of Phenotypic Variation in Natural Populations
Adaptationism Optimality Models and Tests of Adaptive Scenarios
Adaptation and Development On the Lack of Common Ground
Three Kinds of Adaptationism
Adaptation Adaptationism and Optimality

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy and William F. Vilas Research Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he has taught since 1974. His research is in philosophy of science, especially in the philosophy of evolutionary biology. Sober's books include The Nature of Selection - Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus (1984), Reconstructing the Past - Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference (1988), Philosophy of Biology (1993), From a Biological Point of View - Essays in Evolutionary Philosophy (1994), and Unto Others - The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (1998), coauthored with David Sloan Wilson.

Bibliographic information