Book ID: CBB000101924

Thinking about Evolution: Historical, Philosophical, and Political Perspectives (2001)


Singh, Rama S. (Editor)
Krimbas, Costas B. (Editor)
Paul, Diane B. (Editor)
Beatty, John H. (Editor)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2001
Physical Details: xvii + 606 pp., illus., bibl.
Language: English

Description Festschrift in honor of Richard Lewontin, the second of two volumes. (The first volume, Evolutionary Genetics from Molecules to Morphology, honors Lewontin's more technical contributions to genetics and evolutionary biology.) Preface. Introduction. Richard Lewontin: Does culture evolve? Part A. History of and in Evolutionary Biology. Richard Lewontin; Diane Paul; John Beatty; Costas Krimbas: The nature of evolutionary biology: An interchange; John Beatty: Hannah Arendt and Karl Popper: Darwinism, Fatalism and Totalitarianism; Jean Gayon; Michel Veuille: The genetics of experimental populations: L'Heritier and Teisser's population cages; Diane Paul; Hamish Spencer: Did eugenics rest on an elementary mistake?; Rafi Falk: Can the norm of reaction save the gene concept?; Maryellen Ruvolo; Mark Seielstad: The apportionment of human diversity twenty-five years later; Rama Singh: The Indian caste system: Origin, evolution and impact on human diversity; Part B. Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology. Russel Gray: Selfish genes or developmental systems?; Stephen J. Gould: The evolutionary definition of selective agency, the validation of the theory of hierarchical selection, and the fallacy of the selfish gene; Sahotra Sarkar: Reductionism in genetics and the human genome project; Peter Godfrey-Smith: Organism and environment; Lisa Lloyd: Levels and units of selection; Costas Krimbas: In defense of neo-Darwinism: Popper's “Darwinism as a metaphysical programme” revisited; Elliot Sober: The two faces of fitness; Jeffrey C. Schank; Bill Wimsatt: Evolvability: adaptation and modularity; Robert Brandon: Organism and environment revisited; Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini: An “irreducible” component of cognition; Part C. The Politics of Evolutionary Biology. Robert Proctor: What causes cancer? A political history of recent debates; Philip Kitcher: Battling the undead: How (and how not) to resist genetic determinism; Steven Rose: The rise of neurogenetic determinism; Evan Balaban: Behavior genetics: Galen's prophecy or Malpighi's legacy?; Ruth Hubbard: Identity politics and biology; John Vandermeer: The agroecosystem: The modern vision in crisis, the alternative evolving; Jean-Pierre Berlan: Political economy of agricultural genetics; Richard Levins: The butterfly ex machina; Robert Haynes: Evoking transmutational dread: Military and civilian uses of nuclear and genetic alchemies; Peter Taylor: From natural selection to natural construction to disciplining unruly complexity: The challenge of integrating ecological dynamics into evolutionary theory.

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