The Nature of Selection: Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus

University of Chicago Press (1984)
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Elliott Sober
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Abstract
The Nature of Selection is a straightforward, self-contained introduction to philosophical and biological problems in evolutionary theory. It presents a powerful analysis of the evolutionary concepts of natural selection, fitness, and adaptation and clarifies controversial issues concerning altruism, group selection, and the idea that organisms are survival machines built for the good of the genes that inhabit them. "Sober's is the answering philosophical voice, the voice of a first-rate philosopher and a knowledgeable student of contemporary evolutionary theory. His book merits broad attention among both communities. It should also inspire others to continue the conversation."-Philip Kitcher, Nature "Elliott Sober has made extraordinarily important contributions to our understanding of biological problems in evolutionary biology and causality. The Nature of Selection is a major contribution to understanding epistemological problems in evolutionary theory. I predict that it will have a long lasting place in the literature."-Richard C. Lewontin
Keywords Science Philosophy  Evolution Philosophy  Evolution (Biology Philosophy
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Reprint years 1993
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Call number Q175.S6392 1993
ISBN(s) 0226767485   9780226767482  
DOI 10.2307/2185056
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