, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 905-913
Date: 01 Mar 2011

A gene’s eye view of Darwinian populations

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Abstract

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.

This review essay should have been published in Biology & Philosophy Volume 26:4 as a part of the Godfrey-Smith Book Symposium