Overqualified: generative replicators as Darwinian reproducers - Hodgson and Knudsen: Darwin's Conjecture: the search for general principles of social and economic evolution. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2010

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dc.contributor.author Boyd, Matthew en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-25T20:57:13Z en
dc.date.issued 2012 en
dc.identifier.citation Biology & Philosophy 27(4):595-605 2012 en
dc.identifier.issn 0169-3867 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15220 en
dc.description.abstract Darwin’s Conjecture is a bold attempt to bring evolutionary explanation to the social sciences, particularly economics. The book outlines the history of Darwinian explanation in social science then puts forward a generalized replicator account of social evolution by natural selection. The authors identify habits and routines as examples of the generative replicators necessary in order that social evolution is Darwinian. This reviewer notes that the replicator approach limits the generality of this account and suggests that habits and routines might better be seen as members of a Darwinian population in the tradition of Godfrey-Smith’s (2009) generalized account of natural selection instead. Furthermore, the existence of levels of social evolution will constrain what evolution can occur low in the hierarchy. en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Biology and Philosophy en
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dc.title Overqualified: generative replicators as Darwinian reproducers - Hodgson and Knudsen: Darwin's Conjecture: the search for general principles of social and economic evolution. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2010 en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10539-011-9281-3 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 595 en
pubs.volume 27 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. en
pubs.end-page 605 en
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pubs.subtype Review en
pubs.elements-id 252806 en
dc.identifier.eissn 1572-8404 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-20 en


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