Thinking about Evolution: Historical, Philosophical, and Political Perspectives
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Thinking about Evolution: Historical, Philosophical, and Political Perspectives

Rama S. Singh (McMaster University, Ontario), Costas B. Krimbas (Athens State University, Alabama), Diane B. Paul (University of Massachusetts, Boston), John Beatty (University of Minnesota)

Originally published in 2001, this is the second of two volumes published by Cambridge University Press in honour of Richard Lewontin. This second volume of essays honours the philosophical, historical and political dimensions of his work. It is fitting that the volume covers such a wide range of perspectives on modern biology, given the range of Lewontin’s own contributions. He is not just a very successful practitioner of evolutionary genetics, but a rigorous critic of the practices of genetics and evolutionary biology and an articulate analyst of the social, political and economic contexts and consequences of genetic and evolutionary research. The volume begins with an essay by Lewontin on Natural History and Formalism in Evolutionary Genetics, and includes contributions by former students, post-docs, colleagues and collaborators, which cover issues ranging from the history and conceptual foundations of evolutionary biology and genetics, to the implications of human genetic diversity.

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