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Adaptationism and Optimality

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David A. Baum, Michael J. Donoghue, Steven Orzack, Elliott Sober, Hudson Kern Reeve, Paul W. Sherman, Joel S. Brown, Ilan Eshel, Marcus W. Feldman, Edward Allen Herre, Carlos A. Machado, Stuart A. West, George W. Gilchrist, Joel G. Kingsolver, Kenneth J. Halama, David N. Reznick, Peter Abrams, Ron Amundson, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr.
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  • The theory of adaptationism argues that natural selection contains sufficient explanatory power in itself to account for all evolution. However, there are differing views about the efficiency, or optimality, of the adaptation model of explanation. If the adaptationism theory is applied, are energy and resources being used as optimally as possible? Adaptationism and Optimality combines contributions from biologists and philosophers, and offers a systematic treatment of foundational, conceptual, and methodological issues surrounding the theory of adaptationism.

    •  Reflects and incorporates the dramatic new developments in biology and philosophy of biology that have occurred in the last twenty years
    • Timely - the subject of adaptationism is at the heart of contemporary debates about evolution
    • Contributions by both philosophers and biologists represent the full spectrum of informed views about adaptationism
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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511889882
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. A likelihood framework for the phylogenetic analysis of adaptation David A. Baum and Michael J. Donoghue
    2. Adaptation, phylogenetic inertia, and the method of controlled comparisons Steven Orzack and Elliott Sober
    3. Optimality and phylogeny: a critique of current thought Hudson Kern Reeve and Paul W. Sherman
    4. Fit of form and function, diversity of life, and procession of life as an evolutionary game Joel S. Brown
    5. Optimality and evolutionary stability under short-term and long-term selection Ilan Eshel and Marcus W. Feldman
    6. Selective regime and fig wasp sex ratios: towards sorting rigor from pseudo-rigor in tests of adaptation Edward Allen Herre, Carlos A. Machado, and Stuart A. West
    7. Is optimality over the hill? The fitness landscapes of idealized organisms George W. Gilchrist and Joel G. Kingsolver
    8. Adaptation, optimality, and the meaning of phenotypic variation in natural populations Kenneth J. Halama and David N. Reznick
    9. Adaptationism, optimality models, and tests of adaptive scenarios Peter Abrams
    10. Adaptation and development: on the lack of common ground Ron Amundson
    11. Three kinds of adaptationism Peter Godfrey-Smith
    12. Adaptation, adaptationism, and optimality Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr.

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    Steven Hecht Orzack, The Fresh Pond Research Institute, Cambridge, MA

    Elliott Sober, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy and William F. Vilas Research Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he has taught since 1974. His research is in philosophy of science, especially in the philosophy of evolutionary biology. Sober's books include The Nature of Selection - Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus (1984), Reconstructing the Past - Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference (1988), Philosophy of Biology (1993), From a Biological Point of View - Essays in Evolutionary Philosophy (1994), and Unto Others - The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (1998), coauthored with David Sloan Wilson.

    Contributors

    David A. Baum, Michael J. Donoghue, Steven Orzack, Elliott Sober, Hudson Kern Reeve, Paul W. Sherman, Joel S. Brown, Ilan Eshel, Marcus W. Feldman, Edward Allen Herre, Carlos A. Machado, Stuart A. West, George W. Gilchrist, Joel G. Kingsolver, Kenneth J. Halama, David N. Reznick, Peter Abrams, Ron Amundson, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr.

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