The Evolution of Cultural Entities by Michael WheelerThe Evolution of Cultural Entities by Michael Wheeler

The Evolution of Cultural Entities

EditorMichael Wheeler, John Ziman, Margaret A. Boden

Hardcover | October 3, 2002

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Ever since Darwin, scholars have noted that cultural entities such as languages, laws, firms and theories seem to 'evolve' through sequences of variation, selection and replication, in many ways just like living organisms. These essays consider whether this comparison is 'just a metaphor', orwhether modern evolutionary theory can help us to understand the dynamics of different cultural domains. The 'evolutionary paradigm of rationality' has a significant role to play throughout the human sciences, but raises complex issues in every cultural context where it is applied. By fostering discussion between scholars from a wide range of research traditions, this volume aims to influence theevolution of all of them.

About The Author

Michael Wheeler is a Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Dundee. John Ziman is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Bristol; Fellow of the Royal Society. Margaret Boden is at the University of Sussex.

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Title:The Evolution of Cultural EntitiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.01 inPublished:October 3, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

John Ziman: Introduction: Selectionist Reasoning as a Tool of ThoughtW. G. Runciman: Heritable Variation and Competitive Selection as the Mechanism of Sociocultural EvolutionEva Jablonka: Between Development and Evolution: How to Model Cultural ChangeTim Ingold: Between Evolution and History: Biology, Culture and the Myth of Human OriginsC. A. Hooker: An Integrating Scaffold: Toward an Autonomy-Theoretic Modelling of Cultural ChangeAdam Kuper: CultureHenry Plotkin: Learning from CultureMary Midgley: Choosing the SelectorsRichard R. Nelson: Evolutionary Theorizing in EconomicsBrian J. Loasby: The Evolution of Technological Knowledge: Reflections on Technological Innovation as an Evolutionary ProcessGunther Teubner: Idiosyncratic Production Regimes: Co-evolution of Economic and Legal Institutions in the Varieties of CapitalismJoan Solomon: The Evolution of Education: Change and ReformSusantha Goonatilake: The Evolution of Merged Culture, Genes and Computing Artefacts