David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Books 51 (2):83-101 (2010)
Natural selection is an extremely powerful process – so powerful, in fact, that it is often tempting to deploy it in explaining phenomena as wide-ranging as the persistence of blue eyes, the origins or persistence of religious belief, or, the history of science. One long-standing debate among both critics and advocates of Darwin’s concerns the scope of Darwinian explanations, and how we are to draw the line. Peter Godfrey-Smith’s Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection is a detailed examination of this question. The book explores the criteria for what may count as a “Darwinian population,” by which Godfrey-Smith means, which collections of entities have the capacity to undergo evolution via natural selection (p. 6). Drawing upon his answer to this question, Godfrey-Smith examines and provides his own solution to the following long-standing debates in philosophy of biology: (a) the twin problems of reproduction and individuation of biological entities, (b) the persistent “gene’s eye view,” (c) the levels and units of selection problem, and (d) the evolution of cultural artifacts and behaviors.
|Keywords||evolution natural selection heritability|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Samir Okasha (2006/2008). Evolution and the Levels of Selection. Oxford University Press.
Samir Okasha (2006). Evolution and the Levels of Selection. Oxford University Press Uk.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
David Queller (2011). A Gene's Eye View of Darwinian Populations. Biology and Philosophy 26 (6):905-913.
Pierre-Luc Germain (2012). Cancer Cells and Adaptive Explanations. Biology and Philosophy 27 (6):785-810.
T. Pradeu (2011). Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Mind 120 (479):863-870.
R. M. Burian (2010). Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection * by Peter Godfrey Smith. Analysis 70 (3):599-601.
Daniel Dennett (2011). Homunculi Rule: Reflections on Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection by Peter Godfrey Smith. Biology and Philosophy 26 (4):475-488.
Matt Gers (2012). Overqualified: Generative Replicators as Darwinian Reproducers. Biology and Philosophy 27 (4):595-605.
Joeri Witteveen (2009). Darwinism About Darwinism. [REVIEW] Biological Theory 4 (2):207-213.
Michael Ruse (2010). Darwinian Reductionism, or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology – Alex rosenbergDarwinian Populations and Natural Selection – Peter Godfrey-Smith. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (238):204-208.
Cailin O'Connor (2012). Book Review Peter Godfrey-Smith , Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection . Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009), Viii+207 Pp., $55.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 79 (4):589-593.
Kim Sterelny (2011). Darwinian Spaces: Peter Godfrey-Smith on Selection and Evolution. Biology and Philosophy 26 (4):489-500.
Maximiliano Martínez & Andrés Moya (2011). Natural Selection and Multi-Level Causation. Philosophy and Theory in Biology 3 (20130604).
Jerry Fodor (2008). Against Darwinism. Mind and Language 23 (1):1–24.
Added to index2010-08-27
Total downloads53 ( #64,560 of 1,725,998 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #118,705 of 1,725,998 )
How can I increase my downloads?