Handbook of Evolutionary Thinking in the Sciences

  • Thomas Heams
  • Philippe Huneman
  • Guillaume Lecointre
  • Marc Silberstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Thomas Heams, Philippe Huneman, Guillaume Lecointre, Marc Silberstein
    Pages 1-5
  3. Concepts: Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Thomas Heams
      Pages 9-21
    3. Thomas Heams
      Pages 23-35
    4. Philippe Huneman
      Pages 37-76
    5. Philippe Grandcolas
      Pages 77-93
    6. Armand de Ricqlès, Jean Gayon
      Pages 95-112
  4. Concepts: Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Véronique Barriel
      Pages 115-140
    3. Sarah Samadi, Anouk Barberousse
      Pages 141-157
    4. Guillaume Lecointre
      Pages 159-207
    5. Stéphane Tirard
      Pages 209-225
  5. Darwinism in Progress: Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Anouk Barberousse, Sarah Samadi
      Pages 229-246
    3. Michel Morange
      Pages 319-327
    4. Pierre-Alain Braillard
      Pages 329-347
    5. Pascal Tassy
      Pages 369-386
    6. Guillaume Lecointre
      Pages 387-410
  6. Darwinism in Progress: From Molecules to Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 411-411
    2. Thomas Heams
      Pages 413-441
    3. Henri Cap
      Pages 471-497
    4. Pierre-Henri Gouyon, Damien de Vienne, Tatiana Giraud
      Pages 499-507
  7. Exported Darwinism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 619-619
    2. Marc Schoenauer
      Pages 621-635
    3. Philippe Huneman, Edouard Machery
      Pages 647-657
    4. Stephen M. Downes
      Pages 659-673
    5. Pierre Poirier, Luc Faucher
      Pages 675-706
    6. Jean-Louis Dessalles
      Pages 707-724
    7. Jérôme Ravat
      Pages 747-759
    8. Christophe Heintz, Nicolas Claidière
      Pages 781-807
  8. About Anti-Darwinism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 879-879
    2. Olivier Brosseau, Marc Silberstein
      Pages 881-896

About this book


The Darwinian theory of evolution is itself evolving and this book presents the details of the core of modern Darwinism and its latest developmental directions. The authors present current scientific work addressing theoretical problems and challenges in four sections, beginning with the concepts of evolution theory, its processes of variation, heredity, selection, adaptation and function, and its patterns of character, species, descent and life.

The second part of this book scrutinizes Darwinism in the philosophy of science and its usefulness in understanding ecosystems, whilst the third section deals with its application in disciplines beyond the biological sciences, including evolutionary psychology and evolutionary economics, Darwinian morality and phylolinguistics. The final section addresses anti-Darwinism, the creationist view and issues around teaching evolution in secondary schools.

The reader learns how current experimental biology is opening important perspectives on the sources of variation, and thus of the very power of natural selection. This work examines numerous examples of the extension of the principle of natural selection and provides the opportunity to critically reflect on a rich theory, on the methodological rigour that presides in its extensions and exportations, and on the necessity to measure its advantages and also its limits.

Scholars interested in modern Darwinism and scientific research, its concepts, research programs and controversies will find this book an excellent read, and those considering how Darwinism might evolve, how it can apply to the human sciences and other disciplines beyond its origins will find it particularly valuable.

Originally produced in French (Les Mondes Darwiniens), the scope and usefulness of the book have led to the production of this English text, to reach a wider audience.

This book is a milestone in the impressive penetration by Francophone scholars into the world of Darwinian science, its historiography and philosophy over the last two decades...This English translation does indeed serve as a Handbook of Darwinian Thinking that will advance understanding of Darwinian theory in every language.

Alex Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy, Duke University

Until now this useful and comprehensive handbook has only been available to francophones. Thanks to this invaluable new translation, this collection of insightful and original essays can reach the global audience it deserves.

Tim Lewens, University of Cambridge


Behavior and evolution Ecology and evolution Evolution & groups of organisms Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Evolution, society, and ethics Evolutionary algorithms Evolutionary developmental biology Evolutionary psychology Formal theory of evolution Formalising evolutionary theory Notion of Modularity in Evolutionary Psychology Psychology of Evolution Sex and evolution Synthetic biology Systems biology and evolutionary biology The theory of evolution in secondary schools

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Heams
    • 1
  • Philippe Huneman
    • 2
  • Guillaume Lecointre
    • 3
  • Marc Silberstein
    • 4
  1. 1.Génétique Animale et Biologie IntégrativeINRA, UMR 1313Jouy-en-JosasFrance
  2. 2.Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des TechniquesCNRS/Université Paris I Sorbonne/ENSParisFrance
  3. 3.Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN)ParisFrance
  4. 4.Éditions MatériologiquesParisFrance

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