The Philosophy of Evolutionary Theory: Concepts, Inferences, and Probabilities (Paperback)

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The Philosophy of Evolutionary Theory: Concepts, Inferences, and Probabilities (Paperback)

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Natural selection, mutation, and adaptation are well-known and central topics in Darwin's theory of evolution and in the 20th - and 21st -century theories which grew out of it, but many other important topics are used in evolutionary biology that raise interesting philosophical questions. In this book, Elliott Sober analyses a much larger range of topics, including fitness, altruism, common ancestry, chance, taxonomy, phylogenetic inference, operationalism, reductionism, conventionalism, null hypotheses and default reasoning, instrumentalism versus realism, hypothetico-deductivism, essentialism, falsifiability, the principle of parsimony, the principle of the common cause, causality, determinism versus indeterminism, sensitivity to initial conditions, and the knowability of the past. Sober's clear philosophical analyses of these key concepts, arguments, and methods of inference will be valuable for all readers who want to understand evolutionary biology in both its Darwinian and its contemporary forms.
Product Details ISBN: 9781009376013
ISBN-10: 1009376012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: February 8th, 2024
Pages: 308
Language: English