Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?: Philosophical Essays on Darwin's Theory

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Prometheus Books, 2011 - Philosophy - 230 pages
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Machine generated contents note: 1.1. What Is Darwin’s Theory? -- 1.2. Common Ancestry -- 1.3. Darwin’s Principle -- 1.4. Exceptions to Darwin’s Principle -- 1.5. Causal and Evidential Orderings -- 1.6. Using Common Ancestry to Think about Natural Selection -- 1.7. Tree Thinking -- 2.1. Back to the 60’s -- 2.2. Human Morality -- 2.3. The Honeybee’s Barbed Stinger -- 2.4. The Risk of Anachronism -- 2.5. More on Darwin on Morality -- 2.6. Sterile Workers in the Social Insects -- 2.7. Darwin’s Disagreement with Wallace about Hybrid Sterility -- 2.8. Darwin’s General View of Group Selection -- 3.1. Arbuthnot on "the exact balance that is maintained between the numbers of men and women...that the Species may never fail, nor perish" -- 3.2. Bernoulli on 18/35 -- 3.3. DeMoivre[ -- ]"if we blind not ourselves with metaphysical dust"
3.4. Darwin’s Argument from Monogamy, and His Retraction -- 3.5. Düsing’s Model[ -- ]Monogamy Drops Out -- 3.6. Fisher and Parental Expenditure -- 3.7. Hamilton[ -- ]Group and Individual Selection -- 3.8. Sex Ratio as a Test Case -- Appendix: An Example of Hamiltonian Sex Ratio Evolution in Group with Two Foundresses -- 4.1. Darwin’s Discussions of God -- 4.2. Refining Methodological Naturalism -- 4.3. Why Evolutionary Theory Does Not Rule Out an Intervening God -- 4.4. Should Scientific Theories Talk Only about What Exists in Nature? -- 4.5. Are All Claims about the Supernatural Untestable? -- 4.6. Is Violating Methodological Naturalism a Science-Stopper? -- 4.7. If Numbers, Why Not God? -- 4.8. Concluding Comments -- 5.1. Second Thoughts about Cladistic Parsimony and the Test of Adaptive Hypotheses -- 5.2. More on Units of Selection -- 5.3. Evolutionary Theory and the Reality of Macroprobabilities.

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Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of nine other books, including Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science and Reconstructing the Past: Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference, which won the prestigious Lakatos Prize in the Philosophy of Science.

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