Lamarck Ascending! A Review of Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology. Edited by Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka, MIT Press, 2011

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Lamarck Ascending! A Review of Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology. Edited by Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka, MIT Press, 2011

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dc.contributor.author Haig, David Addison
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-16T13:44:58Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Haig, David Addison. 2011. Lamarck ascending! A review of Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology, edited by Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka, MIT Press, 2011. Philosophy and Theory in Biology 3:e204. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1949-0739 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9131556
dc.description.abstract Transformations of Lamarckism is an edited volume arising from a workshop to commemorate the bicentenary of the publication of Philosophie Zoologique. The contributed chapters discuss the history of Lamarckism, present new developments in biology that could be considered to vindicate Lamarck, and argue for a revision, if not a revolution, in evolutionary theory. My review argues that twentieth and twenty-first century conceptions of Lamarckism can be considered a reaction to August Weismann’s uncompromising rejection of the inheritance of acquired characters in the late nineteenth century. Weismann rejected the inheritance of acquired characters both as a proximate mechanism of heredity and as an ultimate cause of adaptation. I argue that Weismann’s proximate claim is still valid for the kind of mechanism that he had in mind but that the inheritance of acquired characters has come to refer to many different processes, some of which undoubtedly do occur. However, processes of physiological adaptation and adaptive plasticity, even if transgenerational, do not challenge Weismann’s claim about the ultimate causes of adaptation because these processes can be understood as evolving by natural selection. Finally, I discuss some of the emotional and aesthetic reasons why many find Lamarckism an attractive alternative to hard-core neo-Darwinism. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Organismic and Evolutionary Biology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Michigan Libraries en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.6959004.0003.004 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject epigenetic inheritance en_US
dc.subject inheritance of acquired characters en_US
dc.subject Lamarck en_US
dc.subject natural selection en_US
dc.subject niche construction en_US
dc.subject phenotypic plasticity en_US
dc.subject Weismann en_US
dc.subject proximate/utlitmate en_US
dc.title Lamarck Ascending! A Review of Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology. Edited by Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka, MIT Press, 2011 en_US
dc.type Commentary or Review en_US
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dc.relation.journal Philosophy and Theory in Biology en_US
dash.depositing.author Haig, David Addison
dc.date.available 2012-07-16T13:44:58Z

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