Book ID: CBB001500079

Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (2011)

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Gissis, Snait B. (Editor)
Jablonka, Eva (Editor)


The MIT Press


Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: xvi + 457 pp.; ill.
Language: English

In 1809--the year of Charles Darwin's birth--Jean-Baptiste Lamarck published Philosophie zoologique, the first comprehensive and systematic theory of biological evolution. The Lamarckian approach emphasizes the generation of developmental variations; Darwinism stresses selection. Lamarck's ideas were eventually eclipsed by Darwinian concepts, especially after the emergence of the Modern Synthesis in the twentieth century. The different approaches--which can be seen as complementary rather than mutually exclusive--have important implications for the kinds of questions biologists ask and for the type of research they conduct. Lamarckism has been evolving--or, in Lamarckian terminology, transforming--since Philosophie zoologique's description of biological processes mediated by "subtle fluids." Essays in this book focus on new developments in biology that make Lamarck's ideas relevant not only to modern empirical and theoretical research but also to problems in the philosophy of biology. Contributors discuss the historical transformations of Lamarckism from the 1820s to the 1940s, and the different understandings of Lamarck and Lamarckism; the Modern Synthesis and its emphasis on Mendelian genetics; theoretical and experimental research on such "Lamarckian" topics as plasticity, soft (epigenetic) inheritance, and individuality; and the importance of a developmental approach to evolution in the philosophy of biology. The book shows the advantages of a "Lamarckian" perspective on evolution. Indeed, the development-oriented approach it presents is becoming central to current evolutionary studies--as can be seen in the burgeoning field of Evo-Devo. Transformations of Lamarckism makes a unique contribution to this research.

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Essay Review Hall, Brian K. (2012) Lamarck, Lamarckism, Epigenetics and Epigenetic Inheritance. Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 375-378). unapi

Includes Chapters

Chapter Motzkin, Gabriel (2011) Lamarck, Darwin, and the Contemporary Debate about Levels of Selection. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 3-8). unapi

Chapter Corsi, Pietro (2011) Jean-Baptiste Lamarck: from Myth to History. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 9-18). unapi

Chapter Gissis, Snait B. (2011) Lamarckian Problematics in Historical Perspective. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 21-32). unapi

Chapter Burkhardt, Richard W., Jr. (2011) Lamarck, Cuvier, and Darwin on Animal Behavior and Acquired Characters. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 33-44). unapi

Chapter Gliboff, Sander (2011) The Golden Age of Lamarckism, 1866--1926. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 45-56). unapi

Chapter Weissman, Charlotte (2011) Germinal Selection: A Weismannian Solution to Lamarckian Problematics. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 57-66). unapi

Chapter Loison, Laurent (2011) The Notions of Plasticity and Heredity among French Neo-Lamarckians (1880--1940): From Complementarity to Incompatibility. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 67-76). unapi

Chapter Roll-Hansen, Nils (2011) Lamarckism and Lysenkoism Revisited. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 77-88). unapi

Chapter Gissis, Snait B. (2011) Lamarckism and the Constitution of Sociology. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 89-100). unapi

Chapter Gissis, Snait B.; Jablonka, Eva (2011) The Exclusion of Soft (“Lamarckian”) Inheritance from the Modern Synthesis. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 103-108). unapi

Chapter Lamb, Marion J. (2011) Attitudes to Soft Inheritance in Great Britain, 1930s-1970s. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 109-120). unapi

Chapter Gilbert, Scott (2011) The Decline of Soft Inheritance. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 121-126). unapi

Chapter Wilkins, Adam (2011) Why Did the Modern Synthesis Give Short Shrift to “Soft Inheritance”?. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 127-132). unapi

Chapter Jablonka, Eva (2011) Lamarckian Problematics in Biology. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 145-156). unapi

Chapter Newman, Stuart A.; Bhat, Ramray (2011) Lamarck's Dangerous Idea. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 157-170). unapi

Chapter Markel, Arkady L.; Trut, Lyudmila N. (2011) Behavior, Stress, and Evolution in Light of the Novosibirsk Selection Experiments. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 171-180). unapi

Chapter Braun, Erez; David, Lior (2011) The Role of Cellular Plasticity in the Evolution of Regulatory Novelty. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 181-192). unapi

Chapter Sultan, Sonia E. (2011) Evolutionary Implications of Individual Plasticity. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 193-204). unapi

Chapter Pearl, Sivan; Oppenheim, Amos; Balaban, Nathalie Q. (2011) Epigenetic Variability in a Predator-Prey System. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 205-214). unapi

Chapter Jablonka, Eva (2011) Cellular Epigenetic Inheritance in the Twenty-First Century. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 215-226). unapi

Chapter Rassoulzadegan, Minoo (2011) An Evolutionary Role for RNA-Mediated Epigenetic Variation?. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 227-236). unapi

Chapter Gluckman, Peter D.; Hanson, Mark A.; Buklija, Tatjana (2011) Maternal and Transgenerational Influences on Human Health. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 237-250). unapi

Chapter Buiatti, Marcello (2011) Plants: Individuals or Epigenetic Cell Populations?. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 251-260). unapi

Chapter Feldman, Moshe; Levy, Avraham A. (2011) Instantaneous Genetic and Epigenetic Alterations in the Wheat Genome Caused by Allopolyploidization. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 261-270). unapi

Chapter Sapp, Jan (2011) Lamarckian Leaps in the Microbial World. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 271-282). unapi

Chapter Gilbert, Scott F. (2011) Symbionts as an Epigenetic Source of Heritable Variation. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 283-294). unapi

Chapter Gissis, Snait B.; Jablonka, Eva (2011) Lamarckian Problematics in the Philosophy of Biology. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 297-306). unapi

Chapter Shayit, Ayelet; Griesemer, James (2011) Mind the Gaps: Why Are Niche Construction Models So Rarely Used?. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 307-318). unapi

Chapter Griffiths, Paul (2011) Our Plastic Nature. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 319-330). unapi

Chapter Griesemer, James (2011) The Relative Significance of Epigenetic Inheritance in Evolution: Some Philosophical Considerations. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 331-344). unapi

Chapter Lamm, Ehud (2011) The Metastable Genome: A Lamarckian Organ in a Darwinian World?. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 345-356). unapi

Chapter Keller, Evelyn F. (2011) Self-Organization, Self-Assembly, and the Inherent Activity of Matter. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 357-364). unapi

Chapter Gissis, Snait B.; Jablonka, Eva (2011) Ramifications and Future Directions. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 367-368). unapi

Chapter Ginsburg, Simona (2011) Lamarck on the Nervous System: Past Insights and Future Perspectives. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 369-372). unapi

Chapter Por, Francis Dov (2011) Lamarck's “Pouvoir De La Nature” Demystified: A Thermodynamic Foundation to Lamarck's Concept of Progressive Evolution. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 373-376). unapi

Chapter Hirschbein, Luisa (2011) Prokaryotic Epigenetic Inheritance and Its Role in Evolutionary Genetics. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 377-380). unapi

Chapter Falk, Raphael (2011) Evolution as Progressing Complexity. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 381-384). unapi

Chapter Tauber, Alfred I. (2011) Epigenetics and the “New Biology”: Enlisting in the Assault on Reductionism. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 385-388). unapi

Chapter Wilkins, Adam (2011) Epigenetic Inheritance: Where Does the Field Stand Today? What Do We Still Need to Know. In: Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology (pp. 389-394). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Martins, Lilian Al-Chueyer Pereira
Brzezinski Prestes, María Elice de
Ruse, Michael
Stefano, Waldir
Beurton, Peter
Brenner, Sydney
Journals
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Filosofia e História da Biologia
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Publishers
Fundo Mackenzie de Pesquisa
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Bookmark
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Concepts
Evolution
Biology
Darwinism
Philosophy of biology
Genetics
Mendelism; Mendelian inheritance
People
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Darwin, Charles Robert
Bonnet, Charles
Cuvier, Georges
Domingues, Octavio
Franklin, Rosalind
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
Places
France
Brazil
Spain
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