Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Part of Darwin's “Diagram of Divergence of Taxa”, the only diagram in On The Origin of Species.
|Hutchison 434A||Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:40am to 10:55am|
A unit on philosophy of biology for a four-course sequence providing comprehensive coverage of advanced topics in ecology and evolutionary biology for graduate students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Topic I: What Does Selection Explain?
Tuesday 30 November
Stephens, Christopher. 2007. “Natural Selection”, in Matthen, Mohan and Stephens, Christopher (Eds), Philosophy of Biology, Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 3, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 111–127. [PDF]
Walsh, Denis M. 1998. “The Scope of Selection: Sober and Neander on What Natural Selection Explains”, in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 76, No. 2, June 1998, pp. 250–264. [URI]
Topic II: How Does Selection Explain?
Thursday 2 December
Topic III: Where Does Selection Act?
Tuesday 7 December and Thursday 9 December
Revised version published as “Units and Levels of Selection”, in David L. Hull and Michael Ruse (Eds), The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007, pp. 44–65.
Excerpts from Elliott Sober (Ed). 2006. Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology: An Anthology, 3rd Ed, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 79–98.
Reprinted in Elliott Sober (Ed). 2006. Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology: An Anthology, 3rd Ed, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 92–98.
Updated: 29 November 2010