Article ID: CBB000931938

Konrad Lorenz on Instinct and Phylogenetic Information (2005-2006)


Browne, Derek (Author)

Rutherford Journal: The New Zealand Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Volume: 1
Pages: Approx. 8000 words

Publication Date: 2005-2006
Edition Details: (Accessed on August 30, 2009.)
Language: English

Lorenz's theory of instinct is the foundation of classical ethology. But the Grand Theory of classical ethology collapsed in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Lorenz's understanding of innateness was especially harshly criticized. Yet Lorenz could not easily give up this concept, which is fundamental to his evolutionary understanding of behaviour. Evolution by natural selection produces adaptations, and adaptations are inherited by individuals as part of their native endowment: which is just to say (surely) that adaptations are innate.

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Authors & Contributors
Burckhardt, Richard W., Jr.
Vicedo, Marga
Weinich, Detlef
Gorokhovskaia, E. A.
Taschwer, Klaus
Brigandt, Ingo
Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Journal of the History of Biology
History of Psychology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
University of Chicago Press
Franco Angeli
Animal behavior
Animal psychology
Lorenz, Konrad
Tinbergen, Nikolaas
Loeb, Jacques
Köstlin, Carl Heinrich
Just, Ernest Everett
Ankel, Wulf Emmo
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
Soviet Union
Naples (Italy)
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Biologie, Berlin
Stazione Zoologica di Napoli

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