Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences by Thomas HeamsHandbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences by Thomas Heams

Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences

byThomas HeamsEditorPhilippe Huneman, Guillaume Lecointre

Hardcover | December 2, 2014

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The Darwinian theory of evolution is itself evolving and this book presents the details of the core of modern Darwinism and its latest developmental directions. The authors present current scientific work addressing theoretical problems and challenges in four sections, beginning with the concepts of evolution theory, its processes of variation, heredity, selection, adaptation and function, and its patterns of character, species, descent and life. 

The second part of this book scrutinizes Darwinism in the philosophy of science and its usefulness in understanding ecosystems, whilst the third section deals with its application in disciplines beyond the biological sciences, including evolutionary psychology and evolutionary economics, Darwinian morality and phylolinguistics. The final section addresses anti-Darwinism, the creationist view and issues around teaching evolution in secondary schools. 

The reader learns how current experimental biology is opening important perspectives on the sources of variation, and thus of the very power of natural selection. This work examines numerous examples of the extension of the principle of natural selection and provides the opportunity to critically reflect on a rich theory, on the methodological rigour that presides in its extensions and exportations, and on the necessity to measure its advantages and also its limits. 

Scholars interested in modern Darwinism and scientific research, its concepts, research programs and controversies will find this book an excellent read, and those considering how Darwinism might evolve, how it can apply to the human sciences and other disciplines beyond its origins will find it particularly valuable.

Originally produced in French (Les Mondes Darwiniens), the scope and usefulness of the book have led to the production of this English text, to reach a wider audience.

This book is a milestone in the impressive penetration by Francophone scholars into the world of Darwinian science, its historiography and philosophy over the last two decades.

Alex Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy, Duke University

Until now this useful and comprehensive handbook has only been available to francophones. Thanks to this invaluable new translation, this collection of insightful and original essays can reach the global audience it deserves.

Tim Lewens, University of Cambridge

Thomas Heams, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Animal Genomics at AgroParisTech, Paris (Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences). His teaching and research interests are at the crossroads of Animal Sciences, Molecular Biology and the History of Scientific Ideas. He has coordinated several translations of b...
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Title:Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the SciencesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:910 pagesPublished:December 2, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9789401790130

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Jean Gayon.- Introduction; Thomas Heams, Philippe Huneman, Guillaume Lecointre, Marc Silberstein.- Part 1. Concepts: Processes.- Variation; Thomas Heams.- Heredity; Thomas Heams.- Selection; Philippe Huneman.- Adaptation; Philippe Grandcolas.- Function; Armand de Ricqlés.- Part 2. Concepts: Patterns.- Character; Véronique Barriel.- Species; Sarah Samadi and Anouk Barberousse.- Descent (filiation); Guillauem Lecointre.- Life; Stéphane Tirard.- Part 3. Darwinism "At Work" : Philosophy of Science.- Formalising Evolutionary Theory ; Anouk Barberousse.- Continuities and Discontinuities of Variation Mechanisms in On the Origin of Species; Pascal Charbonnat.- Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Philosophical Issues; Alan C. Love.- Phenotypic plasticity: From microevolution to macroevolution; Antonine Nicoglou.- Darwin and molecular biology; Michel Morange.- Systems biology and evolutionary biology; Pierre-Alain Braillard.- The (in)determinism of biological evolution; where does the stochastic character of evolutionary theory come from? Christophe Malaterre and Francesca Merlin.- Darwin and phylogenetics: past and present; Pascal Tassy.- Telling the story of life; on the use of narrative; Guillaume Lecointre.- Part 4. Darwinism "At Work" : From molecules to eco-systems.- What exactly is Synthetic Biology? Thomas Heams.- Evolutionary developmental biology and its contribution to a new synthetic theory; Guillaume Balavoine.- Behavior and Evolution: crossed glances; Henri Cap.- Sex and evolution: Pierre Henry Gouyon, Damien de Vienne, and Tatiana Girard.- Biological costs of a small stature for Homo sapiens females: new perspectives on stature sexual dimorphism; Priscille Touraille.- Ecology and evolution: Toward a multi-hierarchical connection; Julien DeLord.- The ecological niche: history and recent controversies; Arnaud Pocheville.- Darwin, Evolution, and Medicine: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives; Pierre-Oliver Méthot.- Part 5. Evolution in Other Sciences.- Evolutionary algorithms; Marc Schoenauer.- Artificial evolution of autonomous robots and virtual creatures; Nicolas Bredeche.- Evolutionary Psychology, Adaptation and Design: Stephen M. Downes.- Externalist Evolutionary Cognitive Science; Pierre Poirier and Luc Faucher.- Human Language: An Evolutionary Anomaly; Jean-Louis Dessalles.- Evolution, Society, and Ethics: Social Darwinism versus Evolutionary Ethics; Christine Clavien.- Darwinian Morality: Moral Darwinism; Jér?me Ravat.- Origins and evolution of religion from a Darwinian point of view: synthesis of different theories; Pierrick Bourrat.- Current Darwinism in Social Science; Christophe Heintz and Nicolas Claidiére.- Evolutionary economics: a specific form of evolution? Eva Debray.- Phylo-Linguistics: Enacting Darwin's Linguistic Image; Mahé Ben Hamed.- Biological functions and semantic content: the teleosemantics; Fran?oise Longy.- Part 6. About Anti-Darwinism.- Evolutionism(s) and creationism(s); Olivier Brosseau and Marc Silberstein.- The theory of evolution in secondary schools: some teaching issues; Corine Fortin.

Editorial Reviews

"The Handbook is the most comprehensive volume to date in English on the metaphysics and epistemology of the life sciences. . The Handbook stands indeed also as a precious resource for teachers of Darwinian thinking, who can quite easily single out different chapters to update their view on evolution." (Elena Casetta and Andrea Borghini, Acta Biotheoretica, Vol. 65, 2017)"This volume provides a thorough overview of the ways in which evolutionary thought has expanded and extended to new fields, both within biology (developmental biology, molecular biology, systems biology, and synthetic biology) and beyond . . chapters give a clear and stimulating impression of the diversity and complexity of evolutionary thought, leaving ample room for philosophical and historical reflection. . Readers are provided with little incentive to obtain this book in print, rather than looking up its individual chapters online." (Jeroen Hopster, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 91 (3), September, 2016)