The Philosophy of Evolution

Author: Rod Hemsell
Publisher: Auro e-Books
Category: Philosophy
Page: 353
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As presented here, The Philosophy of Evolution, is a compendium of lectures presented by Rod Hemsell at the University of Human Unity in Auroville in 2008, 2009 and 2012. The main thrust of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga has always been toward an active participation in the human evolution and this is the defining concept which set Sri Aurobindo and the Mother apart from all others in the very beginning. With his extensive knowledge of philosophy and numerous philosophers and his familiarity with current science, Rod is able to guide the reader through the development of thought in these disciplines and shows us the place that Sri Aurobindo has staked out for us as the enlightened forerunner he was. These lectures are not a difficult or tedious ascent to airless heights, rather, they are instructive explorations of the broader base camps surrounding the mount; it is left to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to guide us in our ascent. However, with this exploration of the terra firma, we become ever more confident that our guides to the snow capped peaks actually do know whereof they speak.

The Philosophy of Social Evolution

Author: Jonathan Birch
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191047368
Category: Philosophy
Page: 224
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From mitochondria to meerkats, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of social behaviour. In the early 1960s Bill Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behaviour evolves. He introduced three key innovations - now known as Hamilton's rule, kin selection, and inclusive fitness - which have been enormously influential, but which remain the subject of fierce controversy. Hamilton's pioneering work kick-started a research program now known as social evolution theory. This is a book about the philosophical foundations and future prospects of that program. Part I, "Foundations", is a careful exposition and defence of Hamilton's ideas, with a few modifications along the way. In Part II, "Extensions", Jonathan Birch shows how these ideas can be applied to phenomena including cooperation in micro-organisms, cooperation among the cells of a multicellular organism, and culturally evolved cooperation in the earliest human societies. Birch argues that real progress can be made in understanding microbial evolution, evolutionary transitions, and human evolution by viewing them through the lens of social evolution theory, provided the theory is interpreted with care and adapted where necessary. The Philosophy of Social Evolution places social evolution theory on a firm philosophical footing and sets out exciting new directions for further work.

Harmonics of Evolution

The Philosophy of Individual Life, Based Upon Natural Science, as Taught by Modern Masters of the Law
Author: Florence Chance Huntley
Publisher: N.A
Category: Marriage
Page: 459
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Darwinism and Its Discontents

Author: Michael Ruse
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052182947X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 316
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This book presents an ardent defence of Darwin's theory of evolution, exploring recent controversies such as Creationism.

Evidence and Evolution

The Logic Behind the Science
Author: Elliott Sober
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139470116
Category: Science
Page: N.A
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How should the concept of evidence be understood? And how does the concept of evidence apply to the controversy about creationism as well as to work in evolutionary biology about natural selection and common ancestry? In this rich and wide-ranging book, Elliott Sober investigates general questions about probability and evidence and shows how the answers he develops to those questions apply to the specifics of evolutionary biology. Drawing on a set of fascinating examples, he analyzes whether claims about intelligent design are untestable; whether they are discredited by the fact that many adaptations are imperfect; how evidence bears on whether present species trace back to common ancestors; how hypotheses about natural selection can be tested, and many other issues. His book will interest all readers who want to understand philosophical questions about evidence and evolution, as they arise both in Darwin's work and in contemporary biological research.

The Philosophy of Evolution

Together with a Preliminary Essay on The Metaphysical Basis of Science. Two Papers Read Before the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters at the Annual Meetings of February, 1873 and February, 1874
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: 32
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But is it Science?

The Philosophical Question in the Creation/evolution Controversy
Author: Robert T. Pennock,Michael Ruse
Publisher: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 577
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This excellent collection, now fully updated, will inform readers about the history of the Creation/Evolution debate and bring philosophical clarity to the complex arguments on both sides.

The Philosophy of Human Evolution

Author: Michael Ruse
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521117933
Category: Philosophy
Page: 271
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Provides a unique discussion of human evolution from a philosophical viewpoint, covering such issues as religion, race and gender.

Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology

Author: Stefan Linquist
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135191135X
Category: Science
Page: 616
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The impact of evolutionary theory on the philosophy of science has been no less profound than its impact on the science of biology itself. Advances in this theory provide a rich set of examples for thinking about the nature of scientific explanation and the structure of science. Many of the developments in our understanding of evolution resulted from contributions by both philosophers and biologists engaging over theoretical questions of mutual interest. This volume traces some of the most influential exchanges in this field over the last few decades. Focal topics include the nature of biological functions, adaptationism as an explanatory and methodological doctrine, the levels of selection debate, the concepts of fitness and drift, and the relationship of evolutionary to developmental biology.

Harmonics of Evolution (1897)

The Philosophy of Individual Life, Based Upon Natural Science, As Taught by Modern Masters of the Law
Author: Florence Huntley
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
ISBN: 9780766105225
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 452
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1897. There is no death; Life after physical death is scientifically demonstrated; Life's scope, method and purpose; Spiritual basis of evolution; Natural selection; Masculine will and feminine desire; Struggle for happiness; Natural marriage.

Peirce's Scientific Metaphysics

The Philosophy of Chance, Law, and Evolution
Author: Andrew Reynolds
Publisher: Nashville, TN : Vanderbilt University Press
Category: Philosophy
Page: 228
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Those with an interest in the history and philosophy of science, especially concerning the application of statistical and probabilistic thinking to physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, and cosmology, will find this discussion of Peirce's philosophy invaluable."--BOOK JACKET.

Philosophy of Biology

Author: Brian Garvey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317493672
Category: Philosophy
Page: 320
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This major new series in the philosophy of science aims to provide a new generation of textbooks for the subject. The series will not only offer fresh treatments of core topics in the theory and methodology of scientific knowledge, but also introductions to newer areas of the discipline. Furthermore, the series will cover topics in current science that raise significant foundational issues both for scientific theory and for philosophy more generally. Biology raises distinct questions of its own not only for philosophy of science, but for metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. This comprehensive new textbook for a rapidly growing field of study provides students new to the subject with an up-to-date presentation of the key philosophical issues. Care is taken throughout to keep the technicalities accessible to the non-biologist but without sacrificing the philosophical subtleties. The first part of the book covers the philosophical challenges posed by evolution and evolutionary biology, beginning with Darwin's central argument in the Origin of the Species. Individual chapters cover natural selection, the selfish gene, alternative units of selection, developmental systems theory, adaptionism and issues in macroevolution. The second part of the book examines philosophical questions arising in connection with biological traits, function, nature and nurture, and biological kinds. The third part of the book examines metaphysical questions, biology's relation with the traditional concerns of philosophy of science, and how evolution has been introduced into epistemological debates. The final part considers the relevance of biology to questions about ethics, religion and human nature.

History and Evolution

Author: Matthew H. Nitecki,Doris V. Nitecki
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791412121
Category: History
Page: 269
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The studies of evolutionary biology and of human history face the same kinds of problems and deal with the same processes. Both disciplines deal with similar questions in similar ways, but do the methods used produce comparable knowledge, and are the differences and similarities between these disciplines real? This book examines the philosophy of historical and evolutionary studies; the objectivity and meanings of human and evolutionary histories; the evolutionary approaches to and the anlysis of history, historical approaches, and utilization of evolution; the logic of historical and evolutionary thinking and explanations; the identification of similarities, differences, and common problems of evolutionary biology and history; and what constitutes the major historical and evolutionary events.

Time for Change

Wie ich meiner Tochter die Wirtschaft erkläre
Author: Yanis Varoufakis
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446445250
Category: Political Science
Page: 180
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In "Time for Change" entfaltet Yanis Varoufakis die Grundlagen seines Denkens – indem er seiner Tochter in allgemeinverständlicher Sprache die Welt der Wirtschaft erklärt. Behutsam, Schritt für Schritt und doch voller Leidenschaft bringt er ihr und uns seine kritische Perspektive auf die europäische Finanzpolitik nahe.

Riddles of the Sphinx

A Study in the Philosophy of Evolution
Author: Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller
Publisher: London : Swan Sonnenschein
Category: Humanism
Page: 468
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