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The Nature of Selection Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus

by Elliott Sober

  • ISBN: 9780226767482
  • ISBN10: 0226767485

The Nature of Selection Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus

by Elliott Sober

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/1993
  • ISBN: 9780226767482
  • ISBN10: 0226767485
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Description: Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1 - Fitness, Selection, Adaptation 1. Evolutionary Theory as a Theory of Forces 1.1. The Prehistory of a Concept 1.2. History and Theory 1.3. Zero-Force States 1.4. Darwinian Fitness 1.5. Source Laws and Supervenience 2. The Tautology Problem 2.1. A Good Tautology Is Hard to Find 2.2. A Little A Priori Truth Never Hurt Anyone 3. Survival, Reproduction, Causation 3.1. Fitness Is Casually Inert 3.2. Selection Of and Selection For 4. Chance 4.1. The Randomness of Mutation 4.2. Deterministic and Stochastic Processes 4.3. What Laplace's Demon Would Be Missing 5. Explanation 5.1. Explanation and Prediction 5.2. Variational and Developmental Explanation 5.3. Population Thinking and Essentialism 6. Adaptation 6.1. Selection and Improvement 6.2. Retrospect and Prospect Part II - The Group Above and the Gene Below 7. Beginnings 7.1. Historical Background 7.2. Transitivity and Context Dependence 7.3. Parsimony 7.4. Representability 7.5. The Unit of Replication 7.6. Adaptation and Artifact 7.7. Group Selection without Altruism 7.8. The Analysis of Variance 8. Causality 8.1. Object and Property 8.2. Coronaries and Correlations 8.3. Fine-Tuning 9. Consequences 9.1. The Selfish Gene or the Artifactual Allele? 9.2. Group Selection in Focus 9.3. Altruism and Averaging 9.4. Species Selection References Index
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