Units and Levels of Selection

[Revised entry by Elisabeth Lloyd on April 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The theory of evolution by natural selection is, perhaps, the crowning intellectual
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[Revised entry by Elisabeth Lloyd on April 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The theory of evolution by natural selection is, perhaps, the crowning intellectual achievement of the biological sciences. There is, however, considerable debate about which entity or entities are selected and what it is that fits them for that role. This article aims to clarify what is at issue in these debates by identifying four distinct, though often confused, concerns and then identifying how the debates on what constitute the units of selection depend to a significant degree on which of these four questions a thinker regards...

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