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Evolution and the levels of selection

Author: Samir Okasha
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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"Does natural selection act primarily on individual organisms, on groups, on genes, or on whole species? Samir Okasha provides a comprehensive analysis of the debate in evolutionary biology over the levels of selection, focusing on conceptual, philosophical and foundational questions. A systematic framework is developed for thinking about natural selection acting at multiple levels of the biological hierarchy; the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samir Okasha
ISBN: 9780199556717 0199556717 9780199267972 0199267979
OCLC Number: 231580459
Notes: Originally published: 2006.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Lakatos Award 2009 for outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science.
Description: xi, 263 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction ----
1. Natural Selection in the Abstract ---
2. Selection at Multiple Levels: Concepts and Methods ---
3. Causality and Multi-level Selection ---
4. Philosophical Issues in the Levels of Selection Debate ---
5. The Gene's Eye View and its Discontents ---
6. The Group Selection Controversy ---
7. Species Selection, Clade Selection and Macroevolution ---
8. Levels of Selection and the Major Evolutionary Transitions.
Responsibility: Samir Okasha.

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