9780521541985

The Evolution of Darwinism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521541985

  • ISBN10:

    0521541980

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-03-15
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

No other scientific theory has had as tremendous an impact on our understanding of the world as Darwin's theory as outlined in his Origin of Species, yet from the very beginning the theory has been subject to controversy. The Evolution of Darwinism focuses on three issues of debate - the nature of selection, the nature and scope of adaptation, and the question of evolutionary progress. It traces the varying interpretations to which these issues were subjected from the beginning and the fierce contemporary debates that still rage on and explores their implications for the greatest questions of all: Where we come from, who we are and where we might be heading. Written in a clear and non-technical style, this book will be of use as a textbook for students in the philosophy of science who need to become familiar with the background to the debates about evolution.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I. Selection: 1. Darwin and natural selection
2. The group selection controversy
3. For whose good does natural selection work?
Part II. Adaptation: 4. Darwin (and others) on biological perfection
5. Adaptation after Darwin
6. Adaptation(ism) and its limits
Part III. Progress: 7. Darwin on evolutionary progress
8. Evolutionary progress from Darwin to Dawkins
9. Is evolution progressive?
10. Human physical and mental evolution
Epilogue.

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