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Organisms, Agency, and Evolution D M Walsh

Organisms, Agency, and Evolution

D M Walsh

Published November 13th 2015
ISBN : 9781107122109
Hardcover
294 pages
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The central insight of Darwins Origin of Species is that evolution is an ecological phenomenon, arising from the activities of organisms in the struggle for life. By contrast, the Modern Synthesis theory of evolution, which rose to prominence inMoreThe central insight of Darwins Origin of Species is that evolution is an ecological phenomenon, arising from the activities of organisms in the struggle for life. By contrast, the Modern Synthesis theory of evolution, which rose to prominence in the twentieth century, presents evolution as a fundamentally molecular phenomenon, occurring in populations of sub-organismal entities - genes. After nearly a century of success, the Modern Synthesis theory is now being challenged by empirical advances in the study of organismal development and inheritance. In this important study, D. M. Walsh shows that the principal defect of the Modern Synthesis resides in its rejection of Darwins organismal perspective, and argues for situated Darwinism: an alternative, organism-centred conception of evolution that prioritises organisms as adaptive agents. His book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of evolutionary biology and the philosophy of biology.