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Multilevel Selection and the Theory of Evolution

Historical and Conceptual Issues

Editors: Jeler, Ciprian (Ed.)

  • Investigates a controversial and overlooked area of the philosophy of evolutionary biology
  • Debunks the sources of the ambiguity surrounding notion of multilevel selection in the philosophy of biology
  • Explores the suspicion that the hierarchical expansion of the notion of selection may alter our general notion of “natural selection” to the point of rendering it questionable or even unrecognizable
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About this book

This book puts multilevel selection theory into a much needed historical perspective. This is achieved by discussing multilevel selection in the first half of the twentieth century, the reasons for the energetic rejection of Wynne-Edwards’ group selectionist stance in the 1960s, Elisabeth Lloyd’s contribution to the units of selection debate, Price’s hierarchical equation and its possible interpretations and, finally, species selection in macroevolutionary contexts. Another idea also seems to emerge from these studies; namely, that perhaps a more sure-footed position for multilevel selection theory would be acquired if we were to show a renewed interest in 'old group selection', i.e. in scenarios in which the differential reproduction of the groups themselves affects the frequencies of either individual-level or group-level traits. This book will be of interest to philosophers and historians of biology, as well as to theoretically inclined biologists who have an interest in multilevel selection theory.

About the authors

Ciprian Jeler is a researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Research – Humanities and Social Sciences of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi, Romania. Most of his recent work has been in the field of philosophy of evolutionary biology and results of this work have been published in journals such as Biology & Philosophy, Biological Theory and History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Jeler, Ciprian

  • The Roots of Multilevel Selection Theory: Concepts of Biological Individuality in the Early Twentieth Century

    Pages 13-45

    Gibson, Abraham H. (et al.)

  • Tales of a Failed Scientific Revolution. Wynne-Edwards’ Animal Dispersion

    Pages 47-69

    Cernea, Mihail-Valentin

  • Equivalence, Interactors, and Lloyd’s Challenge to Genic Pluralism

    Pages 71-98

    Ketcham, Ryan

  • Price’s Hierarchical Equation and the Notion of Group Fitness

    Pages 101-121

    Jeler, Ciprian

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Hardcover 51,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multilevel Selection and the Theory of Evolution
Book Subtitle
Historical and Conceptual Issues
Editors
  • Ciprian Jeler
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78677-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78677-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78676-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08762-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 151
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