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Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology : Science, Politics, and Evolution - Elisabeth A. Lloyd

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

Science, Politics, and Evolution

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This book brings together important essays by the one of the leading philosophers of science at work today. Elisabeth A. Lloyd examines several of the central topics in philosophy of biology, including the structure of evolutionary theory, units of selection, and evolutionary psychology, as well as the Science Wars, feminism and science, and sexuality and objectivity. Lloyd challenges the current evolutionary accounts of the female orgasm and analyzes them for bias. She also offers an innovative analysis of the concept of objectivity. Lloyd analyzes the structure of evolutionary theory and unlocks the puzzle of the units of selection debates into four distinct aspects, illuminating several mysteries in the biology literature. Central to all essays in this book is the author's abiding concern for evidence and empirical data.

"Although I do not agree with some of the conclusions the author draws, she certainly provides and interesting perspective and illustrates the importance of being very clear about the nature of the debate and our assumptions when comparing theory and data." Suzanne H. Alonzo, The Quarterly Review of Biology

The Nature of Darwin's Support for the Theory of Natural Selectionp. 1
A Semantic Approach to the Structure of Population Geneticsp. 20
Confirmation of Ecological and Evolutionary Modelsp. 43
Units and Levels of Selectionp. 59
Species Selections on Variability with Stephen Jay Gouldp. 84
An Open Letter to Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson, Regarding Their Book, Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behaviorp. 95
Problems with Pluralismp. 106
Normality and Variation: The Human Genome Project and the Ideal Human Typep. 133
Evolutionary Psychology: The Burdens of Proofp. 148
Objectivity and the Double Standard for Feminist Epistemologiesp. 170
Science and Anti-Science: Objectivity and Its Real Enemiesp. 202
Pre-Theoretical Assumptions in Evolutionary Explanations of Female Sexualityp. 255
Referencesp. 269
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780521865708
ISBN-10: 0521865700
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.53