Book ID: CBB057744056

Organisms, Agency, and Evolution (2015)


Walsh, D. M. (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 294
Language: English

The central insight of Darwin's Origin of Species is that evolution is an ecological phenomenon, arising from the activities of organisms in the 'struggle for life'. By contrast, the Modern Synthesis theory of evolution, which rose to prominence in the twentieth century, presents evolution as a fundamentally molecular phenomenon, occurring in populations of sub-organismal entities - genes. After nearly a century of success, the Modern Synthesis theory is now being challenged by empirical advances in the study of organismal development and inheritance. In this important study, D. M. Walsh shows that the principal defect of the Modern Synthesis resides in its rejection of Darwin's organismal perspective, and argues for 'situated Darwinism': an alternative, organism-centred conception of evolution that prioritises organisms as adaptive agents. His book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of evolutionary biology and the philosophy of biology.

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Authors & Contributors
Lorenzano, Pablo
Martins, Lilian Al-Chueyer Pereira
Stefano, Waldir
Brzezinski Prestes, María Elice de
Martins, Roberto de Andrade
Wilner, Eduardo
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology and Philosophy
Journal of the History of Biology
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Oxford University Press
Fundo Mackenzie de Pesquisa
Philosophy of science
Modern Synthesis (biology)
Evolutionary developmental biology
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Darwin, Charles Robert
Kostitzyn, Vladimir Aleksandrovich
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Franklin, Rosalind
Spallanzani, Lazzaro
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early

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