Book ID: CBB794907195

Current Perspectives on Sexual Selection: What's left after Darwin? (2015)


Hoquet, Thierry (Editor)


Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 330
Language: English

This root-and-branch re-evaluation of Darwin’s concept of sexual selection tackles the subject from historical, epistemological and theoretical perspectives. Contributions from a wealth of disciplines have been marshaled for this volume, with key figures in behavioural ecology, philosophy, and the history of science adding to its wide-ranging relevance. Updating the reader on the debate currently live in behavioural ecology itself on the centrality of sexual selection, and with coverage of developments in the field of animal aesthetics, the book details the current state of play, while other chapters trace the history of sexual selection from Darwin to today and inquire into the neurobiological bases for partner choices and the comparisons between the hedonic brain in human and non-human animals.Welcome space is given to the social aspects of sexual selection, particularly where Darwin drew distinctions between eager males and coy females and rationalized this as evolutionary strategy. Also explored are the current definition of sexual selection (as opposed to natural selection) and its importance in today’s biological research, and the impending critique of the theory from the nascent field of animal aesthetics. As a comprehensive assessment of the current health, or otherwise, of Darwin’s theory, 140 years after the publication of his Descent of Man, the book offers a uniquely rounded view that asks whether ‘sexual selection’ is in itself a progressive or reactionary notion, even as it explores its theoretical relevance in the technical biological study of the twenty-first century.

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Review Sara Weaver (2016) Review of "Current Perspectives on Sexual Selection: What's left after Darwin?". Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 99-102). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Alan Meades
Prum, Richard O.
Weltzien, O. Alan
Schull, Natasha Dow
Weissman, Charlotte
Smith, Jonathan
Comptes Rendus Biologies
Journal of the History of Biology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Archives of Natural History
University of Chicago Press
University of Nebraska Press
Princeton University Press
MIT Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Duke University Press
Sexual selection
Recreation; play
Human evolution
Science and gender
Darwin, Charles Robert
Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa Brown
Weismann, August
Wagner, Moritz
Mayr, Ernst
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Time Periods
19th century
21st century
20th century
United States
Great Britain
Las Vegas, Nevada
Pacific Northwest (North America)
Amazon River Region (South America)

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