Cycles of Contingency: Developmental Systems and Evolution

Paperback | January 24, 2003

EditorSusan Oyama, Russell D. Gray, Paul E. Griffiths

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The nature/nurture debate is not dead. Dichotomous views of development still underlie many fundamental debates in the biological and social sciences. Developmental systems theory (DST) offers a new conceptual framework with which to resolve such debates. DST views ontogeny as contingent cycles of interaction among a varied set of developmental resources, no one of which controls the process. These factors include DNA, cellular and organismic structure, and social and ecological interactions. DST has excited interest from a wide range of researchers, from molecular biologists to anthropologists, because of its ability to integrate evolutionary theory and other disciplines without falling into traditional oppositions.The book provides historical background to DST, recent theoretical findings on the mechanisms of heredity, applications of the DST framework to behavioral development, implications of DST for the philosophy of biology, and critical reactions to DST.

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The nature/nurture debate is not dead. Dichotomous views of development still underlie many fundamental debates in the biological and social sciences. Developmental systems theory (DST) offers a new conceptual framework with which to resolve such debates. DST views ontogeny as contingent cycles of interaction among a varied set of deve...

Susan Oyama is Professor of Psychology, Emerita, at John Jay College, and at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York City. Paul E. Griffiths is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Russell D. Gray is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Auckland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.9 inPublished:January 24, 2003Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262650630

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