History and Philosophy Of Science | Philosophy of Biology
X693 | 26092 | Elisabeth Lloyd

Philosophy of Biology

In this seminar, we will survey some of the leading topics in
philosophy of biology, including adaptationism, the concept of
fitness, the units/levels of selection, the concept of environment,
cultural evolution and niche coevolution.  Readings will be taken
from three textbooks, Elliott Sober's Philosophy of Biology and Kim
Sterelny and Paul Griffith's Sex and Death, as well as from Sober's
collection of primary sources.  Seminar participants will be
expected to turn in written reflections on the every week's
readings, and to offer a prepared presentation to the class, as well
as writing two short papers.