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


Marjorie Grene, Bernard Norton, Bernhard Rensch, William B. Provine, Stephen Jay Gould, William C. Kimler, John R. G. Turner, Wolf-Ernst Reif, Rupert Riedl, Antoni Hoffman, John Maynard Smith, Richard M. Burian, D. S. Peters
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  • Date Published: May 1986
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521310215

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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.

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    • Date Published: May 1986
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521310215
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    Introduction Marjorie Grene
    Part I. The Developing Synthesis:
    1. Fisher's entrance into evolutionary science: the role of eugenics Bernard Norton
    2. The abandonment of Lamarckian explanations: the case of climatic parallelism of animal characteristics Bernhard Rensch
    3. The development of Wright's theory of evolution: systematics, adaptation, and drift William B. Provine
    4. The hardening of the modern synthesis Stephen Jay Gould
    Part II. Mimetic Theory: Its Relation to the History of Evolutionary Biology:
    5. Mimicry: views of naturalists and ecologists before the modern synthesis William C. Kimler
    6. 'The hypothesis that explains mimetic resemblance explains evolution': the gradualist-saltationist schism John R. G. Turner
    Part III. The German Paleontological and Morphological Tradition:
    7. Evolutionary theory in German paleontology Wolf-Ernst Reif
    8. The role of morphology in the theory of evolution Rupert Riedl
    Part IV. Some Contemporary Issues: The Synthesis Reconsidered:
    9. Paleobiology at the crossroads: a critique of some modern paleobiological research programs Antoni Hoffman
    10. Current controversies in evolutionary biology John Maynard Smith
    11. 'Adaptation' Richard M. Burian
    12. Evolutionary theory and its consequences for the concept of adaptation D. S. Peters.

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    Marjorie Grene


    Marjorie Grene, Bernard Norton, Bernhard Rensch, William B. Provine, Stephen Jay Gould, William C. Kimler, John R. G. Turner, Wolf-Ernst Reif, Rupert Riedl, Antoni Hoffman, John Maynard Smith, Richard M. Burian, D. S. Peters

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