The Philosophy of Evolution


Author: Rod Hemsell
Publisher: Auro e-Books
ISBN: N.A
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.

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.

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
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Publisher: N.A
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Evidence and Evolution

The Logic Behind the Science
Author: Elliott Sober
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139470116
Category: Science
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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 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.

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.

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.

But is it Science?

The Philosophical Question in the Creation/evolution Controversy
Author: Robert T. Pennock,Michael Ruse
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 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.

Religion and Evolution Since 1859

Some Effects of the Theory of Evolution on the Philosophy of Religion
Author: Mary Frederick (sister.)
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion and science
Page: 187
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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
ISBN: N.A
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.

Conceptual issues in evolutionary biology


Author: Elliott Sober
Publisher: The MIT Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 612
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These essays by leading scientists and philosophers address conceptual issues that arise in the theory and practice of evolutionary biology. The third edition of this widely used anthology has been substantially revised and updated. Four new sections have been added: on women in the evolutionary process, evolutionary psychology, laws in evolutionary theory, and race as social construction or biological reality. Other sections treat fitness, units of selection, adaptationism, reductionism, essentialism, species, phylogenetic inference, cultural evolution, and evolutionary ethics. Each of the twelve sections contains two or three essays that develop different views of the subject at hand. For example, the section on evolutionary psychology offers one essay by two founders of the field and another that questions its main tenets. One sign that a discipline is growing is that there are open questions, with multiple answers still in competition; the essays in this volume demonstrate that evolutionary biology and the philosophy of evolutionary biology are living, growing disciplines

Harmonics of Evolution

The Philosophy of Individual Life, Based Upon Natural Science, as Taught by Modern Masters of the Law
Author: Florence Huntley
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Evolution
Page: 463
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