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Cycles of Contingency : Developmental Systems and Evolution - Susan Oyama

Cycles of Contingency

Developmental Systems and Evolution

By: Susan Oyama (Editor), Russell D. Gray (Editor), Paul E. Griffiths (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th January 2003
ISBN: 9780262650632
Number Of Pages: 392
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The nature/nurture debate is not dead. Dichotomous views of development still underlie many fundamental debates in the biological and social sciences. Developmental systems theory (DST) offers a new conceptual framework with which to resolve such debates. DST views ontogeny as contingent cycles of interaction among a varied set of developmental resources, no one of which controls the process. These factors include DNA, cellular and organismic structure, and social and ecological interactions. DST has excited interest from a wide range of researchers, from molecular biologists to anthropologists, because of its ability to integrate evolutionary theory and other disciplines without falling into traditional oppositions.The book provides historical background to DST, recent theoretical findings on the mechanisms of heredity, applications of the DST framework to behavioral development, implications of DST for the philosophy of biology, and critical reactions to DST.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: What Is Developmental Systems Theory?p. 1
Influencesp. 13
Toward a Systems View of Development: An Appraisal of Lehrman's Critique of Lorenzp. 15
A Critique of Konrad Lorenz's Theory of Instinctive Behaviorp. 25
A Developmental Psychobiological Systems View: Early Formulation and Current Statusp. 41
Gene, Organism and Environment: A New Introductionp. 55
Gene, Organism and Environmentp. 59
Rethinking Heredityp. 67
Let's Talk about Genes: The Process Molecular Gene Concept and Its Contextp. 69
Deconstructing the Gene and Reconstructing Molecular Developmental Systemsp. 85
The Systems of Inheritancep. 99
Niche Construction, Ecological Inheritance, and Cycles of Contingency in Evolutionp. 117
The Development of Phenotypes and Behaviorp. 127
The Ontogeny of Phenotypesp. 129
The Development of Ant Colony Behaviorp. 141
Behavioral Development and Drawinian Evolutionp. 149
Parental Care and Developmentp. 167
Rethinking Development and Evolutionp. 175
Terms in Tension: What Do You Do When All the Good Words Are Taken?p. 177
Darwinism and Developmental Systemsp. 195
Generative Entrenchment and the Developmental Systems Approach to Evolutionary Processesp. 219
Developmental Systems, Darwinian Evolution, and the Unity of Sciencep. 239
From Complementarity to Obviation: On Dissolving the Boundaries between Social and Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and Psychologyp. 255
Responses to Developmental Systems Theoryp. 281
On the Status and Explanatory Structure of Developmental Systems Theoryp. 283
Beyond the Gene but Beneath the Skinp. 299
Distributed Agency within Intersecting Ecological, Social, and Scientific Processesp. 313
Niche Construction, Developmental Systems, and the Extended Replicatorp. 333
Developmental Systems Theory and Ethics: Different Ways to Be Normative with Regard to Sciencep. 351
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780262650632
ISBN-10: 0262650630
Series: Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 24th January 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.73