Cultural Evolution: Conceptual Challenges

2016.05.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tim Lewens, Cultural Evolution: Conceptual Challenges, Oxford University Press, 2015, 205pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.05.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tim Lewens, Cultural Evolution: Conceptual Challenges, Oxford University Press, 2015, 205pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199674183.   Reviewed by Lenny Moss, University of Exeter This is an unusual, one might even say peculiar, book. Contrary to what one might expect from the bold parsimony of its title, Tim Lewens is not presenting a first-order exposition on cultural evolution as such but rather something of a second-order intervention into debates about recent work in cultural evolution. As more of a mediator or referee than an expositor offering a critical entrée to the uninitiated, his sense of accountability is more about being judicious on the micro-level than that of setting out a critical contextualization of 'cultural evolutionary theory' on the macro-level. "Cultural evolution" can, and has, meant many different things to many different people. Lewens' specification of cultural evolution tends to be. . .

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