PHIL*2000
Philosophy of Biology
University of Guelph

Winter 2019


MCKN 228
Mon.&Wed. 1:00-2:20
Instructor: 
Stefan Linquist             

linquist@uoguelph.ca  
Office:  MACK 358
Hours:  Mon. 3:00-4:00

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Course Materials 

Syllabus

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Readings

 

1.      T. R. Gregory (2009), “Understanding natural selection: essential concepts and common misconceptions. Evolution Education and Outreach 2: 156-175.

 

2.      C. Darwin (1859), The Origin of Species, Ch. 7 “Instinct.” From the Talk Origins Archive.       (www.talkorigins.org).

 

3.      C. Gross (2010), “Alfred Russel Wallace and the Evolution of the Human Mind.” The Neuroscientist 16: 496-507.

 

3.5  C. Darwin (1870), The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, CH 3- The Moral Sense.

Princeton University Press.

 

4.      V.C. Wynne-Edwards (1965), “Self-regulating systems in populations of animals.”  Science, New Series 147: 1543-1548.

 

5.      R. Dawkins (1978), “Replicator selection and the extended phenotype.” Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie  47: 61-76.

 

6.      P. Greene (1978), “From genes to memes?Contemporary Sociology 7: 706-709.

 

7.      M. J. Wade (1977), “The selfish gene.” Evolution 32: 220-221.

 

8.      D. S. Wilson (1983), “The group selection controversy: history and current status.” Annual review of Ecology and Systematics 14: 159-187.

 

9.      E. Lloyd & S.J. Gould (1993), “Species selection on variability.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 90: 595-599.

 

10.  S.J. Gould and R.C. Lewontin (1979), “The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm a critique of the adaptationist programme.”  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 205:581-98.

 

11.  Godfrey Smith (2001), “Three kinds of adaptationism.” n S. H. Orzack & E. Sober (eds.), Adaptationism and Optimality, Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 335-357.)

 

12.  W.F. Doolittle & C. Sapienza (1980), “Selfish genes, the phenotype paradigm, and genome evolution. Nature 284: 601-3.
& 13  L.E. Orgel & F.H. Crick (1980), “Selfish DNA: the ultimate parasite. Nature 284: 604-7.

14.  E. Lloyd (2015), “Adaptationism and the logic of research questions: How to think clearly about evolutionary causes.” Biological Theory  10:343-362. 

 

15.  Graur et al. (2013) “On the immortality of television sets: “Function” in the human genome according to the evolution-free gospel of ENCODE. Genome Biology and Evolution 5: 578-590.

 

16.  Michael Soule (1985), “What is conservation biology?BioScience 35:727-734.

 

17.  R. T. Lackey (2016), “Keep science and scientists credible: avoid stealth policy advocacy.” Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia 46:14-15.

 

18.  M. Vellend, M. (2017). “The Biodiversity Conservation Paradox.”  American Scientist 105:94-101.  

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