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Not by design : retiring Darwin's watchmaker

Author: John O Reiss
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" was published, the argument of design is seeing a revival. This work tells how Darwin left the door open for this revival - and at the same time argues for a  Read more...

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Named Person: Georges Cuvier, baron; Georges Cuvier, baron; Georges Cuvier; Georges Cuvier; Georges Cuvier
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John O Reiss
ISBN: 9780520258938 0520258932
OCLC Number: 301798428
Description: xviii, 422 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prolegomena --
The problem --
Philosophical background --
How did we get into this mess? : from Socrates and Lucretius to Cuvier and Darwin --
Design versus the Epicurean hypothesis : two thousand years of debate --
Materialism, teleology, and evolution in the Enlightenment --
Cuvier and the principle of the conditions for existence --
Darwin, natural theology, and the principle of natural selection --
Evolution in Mendelian populations : teleology gets mathematical --
Existence and the mathematics of selection : the adaptive landscape versus the fundamental theorem --
Population growth, genetic load, and the limits of selection --
Natural selection and genetic drift : their role in evolutionary change --
The conditions for existence and evolutionary biology --
Adaptedness, natural selection, and the conditions for existence --
How to talk about macroevolution --
The conditions for existence as a unifying concept in evolutionary biology --
Evolutionary biology and intelligent design.
Responsibility: John O. Reiss.

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