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Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection
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Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection

Peter Godfrey-Smith


In 1859 Charles Darwin described a deceptively simple mechanism that he called “natural selection,” a combination of variation, inheritance, and reproductive success. He argued that this mechanism was the key to explaining the most puzzling features of the natural world, and science and philosophy were changed forever as a result. The exact nature of the Darwinian process has been controversial ever since, however. The author draws on new developments in biology, philosophy of science, and other fields to give a new analysis and extension of Darwin's idea. The central concept used is that of a ... More

Keywords: Charles Darwin, natural selection, Darwinian population, genes, evolution, evolutionary transitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199552047
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199552047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Godfrey-Smith, author
Harvard University