The Nature of Selection : Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus

The Nature of Selection : Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus

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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


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Details

Author(s)
Elliott Sober
Format
Paperback | 400 pages
Dimensions
153 x 230 x 21.59mm | 566g
Publication date
15 Aug 1993
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
Chicago, IL, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
xvi, 384 p.
ISBN10
0226767485
ISBN13
9780226767482
Bestsellers rank
916,791