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Paperback | $38.00 Short | £26.95 | ISBN: 9780262521154 | 300 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 1986

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Genes, Organisms, Populations

Controversies Over the Units of Selection


Natural selection and the controversial issues over the units of selection are the subject of these seventeen essays which are grouped in sections that focus on the history of the topic, discuss the levels and units of selection, and present kin, group, and hierarchical models of selection.

Undergraduates and graduate students in philosophy and biology will find the anthology particularly useful in its coverage of the roles of mutation, inbreeding, crossbreedings, and selection in evolution, artifact, cause-and genie selection, replicators and vehicles, innate social aptitudes of man, and individual selection and the concept of structured denies.

Robert N. Brandon is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department, Duke University. Richard M. Burian is Professor of Philosophy and Department Chairman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. A Bradford Book.

About the Editor

Robert Brandon is Professor of Philosophy and Biology at Duke University and the coeditor of Genes, Organisms, Populations: Controversies over the Units of Selection (MIT Press, 1984).


"..a splendid volume of recent and seminal papers concerning levels or units of natural selection...well written.", Lary Shaffer, The Times Literary Supplement