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Multilevel Selection and the Theory of Evolution

Historical and Conceptual Issues

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  • 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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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Ciprian Jeler
    Pages 1-9
  3. Historical Issues: Multilevel Selection and the Theory of Evolution During the Twentieth Century

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
  4. Conceptual Issues: Higher-level Causes, Fitnesses and Traits

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 99-99
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 149-151

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.

Keywords

  • biology
  • evolutionary theory
  • natural selection
  • group selection
  • history of biology
  • contextual analysis

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Interdisciplinary Research – Humanities and Social Sciences, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi, Iaşi, Romania

    Ciprian Jeler

About the editor

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.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Multilevel Selection and the Theory of Evolution

  • Book Subtitle: Historical and Conceptual Issues

  • Editors: Ciprian Jeler

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78677-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-78676-6Published: 22 June 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-78677-3Published: 07 June 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 151

  • Topics: Philosophy of Science, Evolutionary Biology

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Hardcover Book USD 54.99
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