Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 905–913

A gene’s eye view of Darwinian populations

Review of Peter Godfrey-Smith's Darwininan populations and natural selection. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009
Review Essay

DOI: 10.1007/s10539-010-9241-3

Cite this article as:
Queller, D.C. Biol Philos (2011) 26: 905. doi:10.1007/s10539-010-9241-3


Biologists and philosophers differ on whether selection should be analyzed at the level of the gene or of the individual. In Peter Godfrey-Smith’s book, Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, he argues that individuals can be good members of Darwinian populations, whereas genes rarely can. I take issue with parts of this view, and suggest that Godfrey-Smith’s scheme for thinking about Darwinian populations is also applicable to populations of genes.


Population Natural selection Heredity Organism Replicator 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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