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Evolution and the Levels of Selection

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ISBN-10: 0199556717

ISBN-13: 9780199556717

Edition: 2008

Authors: Samir Okasha

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Does natural selection act primarily on individual organisms, on groups, on genes, or on whole species? Samir Okasha provides a comprehensive analysis of the debate in evolutionary biology over the levels of selection, focusing on conceptual, philosophical and foundational questions. A systematic framework is developed for thinking about natural selection acting at multiple levels of the biological hierarchy; the framework is then used to help resolve outstanding issues. Considerable attention is paid to the concept of causality as it relates to the levels of selection, in particular the idea that natural selection at one hierarchical level can have effects that 'filter' up or down to other…    
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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.43" wide x 8.50" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Introduction
Natural Selection in the Abstract
Selection at Multiple Levels: Concepts and Methods
Causality and Multi-Level Selection
Philosophical Issues in the Levels-of-Selection Debate
The Gene's-Eye View and its Discontents
The Group Selection Controversy
Species Selection, Clade Selection, and Macroevolution
Levels of Selection and the Major Evolutionary Transitions
Bibliography
Index