Okasha's evolution and the levels of selection: Toward a broader conception of theoretical biology [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 25 (3):405-415 (2010)
Abstract
The debate about the levels of selection has been one of the most controversial both in evolutionary biology and in philosophy of science. Okasha’s book makes the sort of contribution that simply will not be able to be ignored by anyone interested in this field for many years to come. However, my interest here is in highlighting some examples of how Okasha goes about discussing his material to suggest that his book is part of an increasingly interesting trend that sees scientists and philosophers coming together to build a broadened concept of “theory” through a combination of standard mathematical treatments and conceptual analyses. Given the often contentious history of the relationship between philosophy and science, such trend cannot but be welcome.
Keywords levels of selection  group selection  major transitions
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-010-9197-3
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Evolution and the Levels of Selection.Samir Okasha - 2006 - Oxford University Press.
The Analysis of Variance and the Analysis of Causes.R. C. Lewontin - 1974 - American Journal of Human Genetics 26:400-11.

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Is Genetic Drift a Force?Charles H. Pence - forthcoming - Synthese:1-22.

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