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Toward a new philosophy of biology : observations of an evolutionist

Author: Ernst Mayr; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1988.
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Mayr, Ernst, 1904-2005.
Toward a new philosophy of biology.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1988
(OCoLC)767538577
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ernst Mayr; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 0674896653 9780674896659 0674896661 9780674896666
OCLC Number: 17108004
Description: vii, 564 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: I. Philosophy --
Is biology an anonymous science? --
Cause and effect in biology The multiple meanings of teleological --
The probability of extraterrestrial intelligent life --
The origins of human ethics --
II. Natural selection --
An analysis of the concept of natural selection --
Philosophical aspects of natural selection --
III. Adaptation --
Adaptation and selection --
How to carry out the adaptionist program? --
IV. Darwin --
Darwin, intellectual revolutionary --
The challenge of Darwinism --
Darwin and natural selection --
The concept of finality in Darwin and after Darwin --
The death of Darwin? --
V. Diversity --
Toward a synthesis in biological classification --
Museums and biological laboratories --
Problems in the classification of birds --
VI. Species --
The species category --
The ontology of the species taxon --
VII. Speciation --
Processes of speciation in animals --
Evolution of fish species flocks --
VIII. Macroevolution --
Does microevolution explain macroevolution? --
The unity of the genotype --
Speciation and macroevolution --
Speciational evolution through punctuated equilibria --
IX. Historical perspective --
On Weismann's growth as an evolutionist --
On the evolutionary synthesis and after.
Responsibility: Ernst Mayr.

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