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Darwinism's Struggle for Survival : Heredity and the Hypothesis of Natural Selection - Jean Gayon

Darwinism's Struggle for Survival

Heredity and the Hypothesis of Natural Selection

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1998
ISBN: 9780521562508
Number Of Pages: 536

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In Darwinism's Struggle for Survival Jean Gayon offers a philosophical interpretation of the history of theoretical Darwinism. He begins by examining the different forms taken by the hypothesis of natural selection in the nineteenth century (Darwin, Wallace, Galton) and the major difficulties which it encountered, particularly with regard to its compatibility with the theory of heredity. He then shows how these difficulties were overcome during the seventy years which followed the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, and he concludes by analysing the major features of the genetic theory of natural selection, as it developed from 1920 to 1960. This rich and wide-ranging study will appeal to philosophers and historians of science and to evolutionary biologists.

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Darwinian Hypothesis
Wallace and Darwin: a disagreement and its meaning
The ontology of selection
Jenkin's objections, Darwin's dilemma
Selection Faced with the Challenge of Heredity: Sixty Years of Principled Crisis
Galton and the concept of heredity
Post-Darwinian views of selection and regression
The strategy of indirect corroboration: the case of mimicry
The search for direct proof: biometry
Establishing the possibility of natural selection: the confrontation of Darwinism and Mendelism
The Genetic Theory of Selection
The place of selection in theoretical population genetics
The empirical and the formal
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521562508
ISBN-10: 0521562503
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 28th August 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.95