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Last Will and Testament: Stephen Jay Goulds The Structure of Evolutionary Theory

Sterelny, Kim

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I outline Gould's conception of evolutionary theory and his ways of contrasting it with contemporary Darwinism; a contemporary Darwinism that focuses on the natural selection of individual organisms. Gould argues for a hierarchical conception of the living world and of the evolutionary processes that have built that living world: organisms are built from smaller components (genes, cells) and are themselves components of groups, populations, species, lineages. Selection, drift and constraint are...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSterelny, Kim
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:07:18Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T23:07:18Z
dc.identifier.issn0031-8248
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/86154
dc.description.abstractI outline Gould's conception of evolutionary theory and his ways of contrasting it with contemporary Darwinism; a contemporary Darwinism that focuses on the natural selection of individual organisms. Gould argues for a hierarchical conception of the living world and of the evolutionary processes that have built that living world: organisms are built from smaller components (genes, cells) and are themselves components of groups, populations, species, lineages. Selection, drift and constraint are important to all of these levels of biological organization, not just that of individual organisms. Moreover, both drift and constraint are more important than orthodoxy supposes. While having some sympathy for both of these lines of argument, I argue that they are more problematic than Gould supposes, and that he understates the power and the heterogeneity of orthodox conceptions of life's evolution.
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press
dc.sourcePhilosophy of Science
dc.titleLast Will and Testament: Stephen Jay Goulds The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume70
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor220399 - Philosophy not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub14931
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSterelny, Kim, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage255
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage263
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:08:41Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-1542393618
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