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Dimensions of Darwinism : Themes and Counterthemes in Twentieth-Century Evolutionary Theory - Marjorie Grene

Dimensions of Darwinism

Themes and Counterthemes in Twentieth-Century Evolutionary Theory

Paperback Published: 21st July 1986
ISBN: 9780521310215
Number Of Pages: 348

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Originally published in paperback in 1986, the essays in this book discuss questions about the growth and conceptual structure of the modern evolutionary synthesis, or 'neo-Darwinism'. Written by biologists, historians and philosophers, the collection provides a penetrating analysis of the development, meaning and problems of twentieth-century evolutionary theory. Part I includes discussion of the role of eugenics in shaping the biological interests of R. A. Fisher; the abandonment of Lamarckism; the influence of systematics and the concepts of adaptation and random drift in the development of Sewall Wright's theory; and explanation of how the synthesis 'hardened' in the decades following its original presentation. Part II examines the history of mimetic theory as a case study in evolutionary thought, while Part III introduces the reader to some aspects of the German tradition. Finally, Part IV addresses the debates that existed around the time of publication.

List of contributors
Introduction Marjorie Grene
The Developing Synthesis
Fisher's entrance into evolutionary science: the role of eugenics
The abandonment of Lamarckian explanations: the case of climatic parallelism of animal characteristics
The development of Wright's theory of evolution: systematics, adaptation, and drift
The hardening of the modern synthesis
Mimetic Theory: Its Relation to the History of Evolutionary Biology
Mimicry: views of naturalists and ecologists before the modern synthesis
'The hypothesis that explains mimetic resemblance explains evolution': the gradualist-saltationist schism
The German Paleontological and Morphological Tradition
Evolutionary theory in German paleontology
The role of morphology in the theory of evolution
Some Contemporary Issues: The Synthesis Reconsidered
Paleobiology at the crossroads: a critique of some modern paleobiological research programs
Current controversies in evolutionary biology
Evolutionary theory and its consequences for the concept of adaptation
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ISBN: 9780521310215
ISBN-10: 0521310210
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 21st July 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.51