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Sex, Reproduction and Darwinism

ISBN 9781138661790
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of essays looks at sexuality and reproduction from an evolutionary perspective. Covering experimental discoveries as well as theoretical investigations, the volume explores the relationship between evolution and other areas of human behaviour.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Filomena de Sousa, Gonzalo Munévar; Part I Reproduction, Mortality and Evolution; Chapter 1 From Birth to Death: The Evolution of Life Histories in Guppies (Poecilia Reticulata), David. N. Reznick; Chapter 2 If We Have Sex, Do We Have to Die?, Ronald de Sousa; Part II Reproduction without Sex?; Chapter 3 The Genomic Consequences of Asexual Reproduction, Ken Kraaijeveld, Jens Bast; Chapter 4 Evolution and Illusion, Jagdish Hattiangadi; Part III Sex without Reproduction?; Chapter 5 Evolutionary Theory, Constructivism and Male Homosexuality, Pieter R. Adriaens, Andreas De Block, Lesley Newson; Chapter 6 Darwinism and Homosexuality, Gonzalo Munévar; Chapter 7 The Evolution of Female Orgasm: New Evidence and Response to Feminist Critiques, Elisabeth A. Lloyd; Part IV Sexual Selection and Morality; Chapter 8 Altruism and Sexual Selection, Lucrecia Burges, Camilo J. Cela-Conde, Marcos Nadal; Chapter 9 The Role of Sex and Reproduction in the Evolution of Morality and Law, Julia Sandra Bernal; partV Sex, Reproduction and Evolutionary Psychology; Chapter 10 Symmetry and Evolution: A Genomic Antagonism Approach, William M. Brown; Chapter 11 Beauty, Bacteria and the Faustian Bargain, Victor S. Johnston; partVI Eugenics from Natural to Social Selection; Chapter 12 Darwin’S Care for Humanity, Eve-Marie Engels; Chapter 13 Reproduction and Social Selection: The Eugenics Maelstrom of Science, Intelligentsia and Reformers, Filomena de Sousa;

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Filomena de Sousa is Research Associate in the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. She received her PhD in philosophy from Université du Québec à Montréal followed by FCT postdoctoral and research fellowships at ISEG- Technical University of Lisbon, and is Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Her research includes evolutionary and cognitive concepts in social sciences and economics, ethical implications of biological and social engineering in human reproduction, eugenics, as well as topics in history and philosophy of science and method in social sciences and economics as reflected in publications and lectures listed on, Gonzalo Munévar is Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lawrence Technological University. He received his PhD in Philosophy of Science at UC Berkeley under the supervision of Paul Feyerabend. As a visitor he has done research or taught at many universities around the world, including Stanford, the University of Washington, Irvine, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Newcastle (Australia) and Kobe Shodai (Japan). He is presently engaged in experimental and theoretical research in cognitive neuroscience. Other interests include evolution, space exploration, philosophy of science and writing fiction. He has published many books, including Radical Knowledge (1981); Evolution and the Naked Truth (1998); The Worst Enemy of Science? (ed. with J. Preston and D. Lamb, 2000); and the novel The Master of Fate (2000). A list of publications is available at