The Evolutionary Dynamics of Complex Systems: A Study in Biosocial Complexity

Hardcover | January 1, 1992

byC. Dyke

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Dyke examines the controversial topics of sociobiology and evolution from scientific and philosophical perspectives. At issue are the basic underpinnings of biology: explanation, determination, teleology, reductionism, and hierarchy. The author proposes that progress in sociobiology andevolution is hindered by an outmoded philosophical view of science that does not adequately take into account recent advances in our understanding of basic biological processes. His goal is to shift the focus from a philosophical understanding based on observation from outside biology to a dynamic,philosophically aware science.

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The book seeks unities among things often thought to be different from one another; but it also insists on the differences among things often squashed into unities.

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Dyke examines the controversial topics of sociobiology and evolution from scientific and philosophical perspectives. At issue are the basic underpinnings of biology: explanation, determination, teleology, reductionism, and hierarchy. The author proposes that progress in sociobiology andevolution is hindered by an outmoded philosophica...

C. Dyke is at Temple University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:174 pages, 9.25 × 5.91 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195051769

ISBN - 13:9780195051766

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Explanation, Possibility, and Determinism3. The Structure of Emergence4. Complexity and Closure5. Layers, Loops and Levels6. Nature and Convention7. The Evolution of Second Nature8. Negotiating Social Space9. The Formative Dynamics of Cities10. Toward a Social Dynamics

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The book seeks unities among things often thought to be different from one another; but it also insists on the differences among things often squashed into unities.

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"Dyke's book . . . is radical in both methodology and content . . . . those dissatisfied with the dominant scientific paradigm will delight in Dyke's iconoclasm . . . . his efforts to explain the emergence of living systems from prelife in chemical terms are admirable. Taken alone, they areworth the price of the book" --John Collier, Biology and Philosophy