New Books in Philosophy
New Books in Philosophy

Samir Okasha, "Agents and Goals in Evolution" (Oxford UP, 2018)

59:44 | Aug 9th, 2019

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Evolutionary biologists standardly treat organisms as agents: they have goals and purposes and preferences, and their behaviors and adaptive traits contribute to the achievement of their goals. This e...Show More


an_itinerant recommended:Oct 10th, 2020

Adjudicating between agential descriptions of animals (in evolutionary biology) as anthropomorphized heuristic and accurate. Do bacteria and genes "prefer" one thing to another (e.g. chemical reactions driving bacteria to a higher oxygen area of an oxygen gradient). Complications with invertebrates ...Show More

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