Trees of Life: Essays in Philosophy of Biology by P.E. GriffithsTrees of Life: Essays in Philosophy of Biology by P.E. Griffiths

Trees of Life: Essays in Philosophy of Biology

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This volume contains papers presented by New Zealand and American philosophers of biology during a recent visit to New Zealand by Elliott Sober. Some of the papers reveal a unique local perspective on current debates. Robin Craw's highly original contribution to the `evolutionary' philosophy of science initiated by David Hull, applies to intellectual evolution the strongly biogeographic approach to the evolution of life that is a recognised New Zealand speciality. Other papers reflect past intellectual exchange between the two countries. Susan Oyama and Russell Gray's papers on the `developmental systems' approach to evolution, for example, are the outcome of several years of fruitful exchange. The remaining papers in the volume cover a wide range of topics. In addition to Sober's own discussion of post-sociobiological treatments of cultural evolution the volume includes Kim Sterelny's evaluation of `macroevolution', Paul Griffiths' analysis of adaptation and vestigiality, John Morss on the notion of ontogeny and Timothy Shanahan on the concept of drift.
Title:Trees of Life: Essays in Philosophy of BiologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.78 × 5.98 × 0.04 inPublished:December 9, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction; P. Griffiths. Section One: Beyond Natural Selection. Models of Cultural Evolution; E. Sober. Punctuated Equilibrium and Macroevolution; K. Sterelny. Margins of Cladistics: Identity, Difference and Place in the Emergence of Phylogenetic Systematics 1864-1975; R. Craw. Section Two: Central Concepts of Evolutionary Theory. Adaptive Explanation and the Concept of a Vestige; P. Griffiths. Selection, Drift and the Aims of Evolutionary Theory; T. Shanahan. Section Three: The Developmental Systems Approach. Death of the Gene: Developmental Systems Strike Back; R. Gray. Ontogeny and Phylogeny: A Case of Metarecapitulation? S. Oyama. Against Ontogeny; J.R. Morss. Index.