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Title:
The evolution of Darwinism : selection, adaptation, and progress in evolutionary biology
Author:
Shanahan, Timothy, 1960-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
ix, 342 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521834131

9780521541985
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Book

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Summary

No other scientific theory has had as great an impact on our understanding of the world as Darwin's theory outlined in his Origin of Species. Yet the theory has been the subject of controversy from its very beginning. This book focuses on three issues of debate in Darwin's theory of evolution--the nature of selection, the nature and scope of adaptation, and the question of evolutionary progress. It traces the varying interpretations to which these issues were subjected historically through the fierce contemporary debates continuing to rage.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I Selection
1 Darwin and natural selection
2 The group selection controversy
3 For whose good does natural selection work?
Part II Adaptation
4 Darwin (and others) on biological perfection
5 Adaptation after Darwin
6 Adaptation(ism) and its limits
Part III Progress
7 Darwin on evolutionary progress
8 Evolutionary progress from Darwin to Dawkins
9 Is evolution progressive?
10 Human physical and mental evolution
Epilogue