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The nature of selection : evolutionary theory in philosophical focus, Elliott Sober

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The nature of selection : evolutionary theory in philosophical focus
Title
The nature of selection
Title remainder
evolutionary theory in philosophical focus
Statement of responsibility
Elliott Sober
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 attentio
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Sober, Elliott
Dewey number
501
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Science
  • Evolution
  • Evolution (Biology)
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The nature of selection : evolutionary theory in philosophical focus, Elliott Sober
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1984
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-378) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I: Fitness, Selection, Adaptation; Chapter 1: Evolutionary Theory as a Theory of Forces; 1.1. The Prehistory of a Concept; 1.2. History and Theory; 1.3. Zero-Force States; 1.4. Darwinian Fitness; 1.5. Source Laws and Supervenience; Chapter 2: The Tautology Problem; 2.1. A Good Tautology Is Hard to Find; 2.2. A Little A Priori Truth Never Hurt Anyone; Chapter 3: Survival, Reproduction, Causation; 3.1. Fitness Is Causally Inert; 3.2. Selection Of and Selection For; Chapter 4: Chance; 4.1. The Randomness of Mutation
  • 4.2. Deterministic and Stochastic Processes4.3. What Laplace's Demon Would Be Missing; Chapter 5: Explanation; 5.1. Explanation and Prediction; 5.2. Variational and Developmental Explanation; 5.3. Population Thinking and Essentialism; Chapter 6: Adaptation; 6.1. Selection and Improvement; 6.2. Retrospect and Prospect; PART II: The Group Above and the Gene Below; Chapter 7: Beginnings; 7.1. Historical Background; 7.2. Transitivity and Context Dependence; 7.3. Parsimony; 7.4. Representability; 7.5. The Unit of Replication; 7.6. Adaptation and Artifact; 7.7. Group Selection without Altruism
  • 7.8. The Analysis of VarianceChapter 8: Causality; 8.1. Object and Property; 8.2. Coronaries and Correlations; 8.3. Fine-Tuning; Chapter 9: Consequences; 9.1. The Selfish Gene or the Artifactual Allele?; 9.2. Group Selection in Focus; 9.3. Altruism and Averaging; 9.4. Species Selection; References; Index
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ocn896826726
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1 online resource (x, 383 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780226308883
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eBooks on EBSCOhost
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illustrations
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Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)896826726
Label
The nature of selection : evolutionary theory in philosophical focus, Elliott Sober
Publication
Note
Originally published: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1984
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-378) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I: Fitness, Selection, Adaptation; Chapter 1: Evolutionary Theory as a Theory of Forces; 1.1. The Prehistory of a Concept; 1.2. History and Theory; 1.3. Zero-Force States; 1.4. Darwinian Fitness; 1.5. Source Laws and Supervenience; Chapter 2: The Tautology Problem; 2.1. A Good Tautology Is Hard to Find; 2.2. A Little A Priori Truth Never Hurt Anyone; Chapter 3: Survival, Reproduction, Causation; 3.1. Fitness Is Causally Inert; 3.2. Selection Of and Selection For; Chapter 4: Chance; 4.1. The Randomness of Mutation
  • 4.2. Deterministic and Stochastic Processes4.3. What Laplace's Demon Would Be Missing; Chapter 5: Explanation; 5.1. Explanation and Prediction; 5.2. Variational and Developmental Explanation; 5.3. Population Thinking and Essentialism; Chapter 6: Adaptation; 6.1. Selection and Improvement; 6.2. Retrospect and Prospect; PART II: The Group Above and the Gene Below; Chapter 7: Beginnings; 7.1. Historical Background; 7.2. Transitivity and Context Dependence; 7.3. Parsimony; 7.4. Representability; 7.5. The Unit of Replication; 7.6. Adaptation and Artifact; 7.7. Group Selection without Altruism
  • 7.8. The Analysis of VarianceChapter 8: Causality; 8.1. Object and Property; 8.2. Coronaries and Correlations; 8.3. Fine-Tuning; Chapter 9: Consequences; 9.1. The Selfish Gene or the Artifactual Allele?; 9.2. Group Selection in Focus; 9.3. Altruism and Averaging; 9.4. Species Selection; References; Index
Control code
ocn896826726
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 383 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226308883
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)896826726

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