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Evolution and the Levels of Selection

Samir Okasha


Does natural selection act primarily on individual organisms, on groups, on genes, or on whole species? This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the long-standing controversy in evolutionary biology over the levels of selection, focusing on conceptual, philosophical, and foundational questions. In the first half of the book, a systematic framework is developed for thinking about natural selection acting at multiple levels of the biological hierarchy; the framework is then used to help resolve outstanding issues. Considerable attention is paid to the concept of causality as it relates to ... More

Keywords: natural selection, units of selection, multi-level selection, hierarchical organization, evolutionary transitions, major transitions, Price's equation, group selection, the gene's eye view, causality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267972
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samir Okasha, author
Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Bristol
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