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Sober, Elliott

Works: 54 works in 334 publications in 5 languages and 10,431 library holdings
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Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works about Elliott Sober
Most widely held works by Elliott Sober
Conceptual issues in evolutionary biology by Elliott Sober( Book )

43 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays by leading scientists and philosophers address conceptual issues that arise in the theory and practice of evolutionary biology. The third edition of this widely used anthology has been substantially revised and updated. Four new sections have been added: on women in the evolutionary process, evolutionary psychology, law in evolutionary theory, and race as social construction or biological reality. Other sections treat fitness, units of selection, adaptionism, reductionism, essentialism, species, phylogenetic inference, cultural evolution, and evolutionary ethics. Each of the twelve sections contains two or three essays that develop different views of the subject at hand
Unto others : the evolution and psychology of unselfish behavior by Elliott Sober( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Unto Others philosopher Elliott Sober and biologist David Sloan Wilson demonstrate once and for all that unselfish behavior is in fact an important feature of both biological and human nature. Their book provides a panoramic view of altruism throughout the animal kingdom - from self-sacrificing parasites to insects that subsume themselves in the superorganism of a colony to the human capacity for selflessness - even as it explains the evolutionary sense of such behavior. Sober and Wilson offer a detailed case study of scientific change as well as an indisputable argument for group selection as a legitimate theory in evolutionary biology
The nature of selection : evolutionary theory in philosophical focus by Elliott Sober( Book )

33 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nature of Selection is a straightforward, self-contained introduction to philosophical and biological problems in evolutionary theory. It presents a powerful analysis of the evolutionary concepts of natural selection, fitness, and adaptation and clarifies controversial issues concerning altruism, group selection, and the idea that organisms are survival machines built for the good of the genes that inhabit them.""Sober's is the answering philosophical voice, the voice of a first-rate philosopher and a knowledgeable student of contemporary evolutionary theory. His book merits broad attentio
Philosophy of biology by Elliott Sober( Book )

42 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps because of it implications for our understanding of human nature, recent philosophy of biology has seen what might be the most dramatic work in the philosophies of the "special" sciences. This drama has centered on evolutionary theory, and in the second edition of this textbook, Elliott Sober introduces the reader to the most important issues of these developments. With a rare combination of technical sophistication and clarity of expression, Sober engages both the higher level of theory and the direct implications for such controversial issues as creationism, teleology, nature ve
Simplicity by Elliott Sober( Book )

18 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attempts to show that the simplicity of a hypothesis can be measured by attending to how well it answers certain kinds of questions
Evidence and evolution : the logic behind the science by Elliott Sober( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How should the concept of evidence be understood? And how does the concept of evidence apply to the controversy about creationism as well as to work in evolutionary biology about natural selection and common ancestry? In this rich and wide-ranging book, Elliott Sober investigates general questions about probability and evidence and shows how the answers he develops to those questions apply to the specifics of evolutionary biology. Drawing on a set of fascinating examples, he analyzes whether claims about intelligent design are untestable; whether they are discredited by the fact that many adaptations are imperfect; how evidence bears on whether present species trace back to common ancestors; how hypotheses about natural selection can be tested, and many other issues. His book will interest all readers who want to understand philosophical questions about evidence and evolution, as they arise both in Darwin's work and in contemporary biological research."--Jacket
From a biological point of view : essays in evolutionary philosophy by Elliott Sober( Book )

14 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elliott Sober is one of the leading philosophers of science and is a former winner of the Lakatos Prize, the major award in the field. This new collection of essays will appeal to a readership that extends well beyond the frontiers of the philosophy of science. Sober shows how ideas in evolutionary biology bear in significant ways on traditional problems in philosophy of mind and language, epistemology, and metaphysics. Amongst the topics addressed are psychological egoism, solipsism, and the interpretation of belief and utterance, empiricism, Ockham's razor, causality, essentialism, and scientific laws. The collection will prove invaluable to a wide range of philosophers, primarily those working in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of mind, and epistemology
Reconstructing the past : parsimony, evolution, and inference by Elliott Sober( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructing the Past seeks to clarify and help resolve the vexing methodological issues that arise when biologists try to answer such questions as whether human beings are more closely related to chimps than they are to gorillas. It explores the case for considering the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony as a useful principle for evaluating taxonomic theories of evolutionary relationships. For the past two decades, evolutionists have been vigorously debating the appropriate methods that should be used in systematics, the field that aims at reconstructing phylogenetic relationships among species. This debate over phylogenetic inference, Elliott Sober observes, raises broader questions of hypothesis testing and theory evaluation that run head on into long standing issues concerning simplicity/parsimony in the philosophy of science. Sober treats the problem of phylogenetic inference as a detailed case study in which the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony can be tested as a principle of theory evaluation. Bringing together philosophy and biology, as well as statistics, Sober builds a general framework for understanding the circumstances in which parsimony makes sense as a tool of phylogenetic inference. Along the way he provides a detailed critique of parsimony in the biological literature, exploring the strengths and limitations of both statistical and nonstatistical cladistic arguments
Core questions in philosophy : a text with readings by Elliott Sober( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Core Questions in Philosophy emphasizes the idea that philosophy is a subject devoted to evaluating arguments and constructing theories. Presented in an engaging lecture-style format, this text/reader focuses on the basic issues and ideas in philosophy with lectures/discussions, supported by readings from historically important sources. Discussions emphasize the logic of philosophical arguments and how they relate to the content of modern physical and social sciences
Adaptationism and optimality by Steven H Orzack( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The debate over the relative importance of natural selection as compared to other forces affecting the evolution of organisms is a long-standing and central controversy in evolutionary biology. Adaptationism and Optimality presents an up-to-date view of this controversy and reflects the dramatic changes in our understanding of evolution that have occurred in the past 20 years. The volume combines contributions from biologists and philosophers and offers a systematic treatment of foundational, conceptual, and methodological issues. The essays examine recent developments in topics such as phylogenetic analysis, the theory of optimality and ESS models, and the methodology of hypothesis testing in evolutionary biology. The contributors' disagreement on fundamental aspects of this subject represents the diversity of opinion that makes this controversy so highly charged
Reconstructing Marxism : essays on explanation and the theory of history by Erik Olin Wright( Book )

13 editions published in 1992 in English and Spanish and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did Darwin write the Origin backwards? : philosophical essays on Darwin's theory by Elliott Sober( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his latest book, Elliott Sober argues that Darwin's theory is best described not as evolution by natural selection but as common ancestry plus natural selection."--John Hedley Brooke, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion and director of the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford
Ockham's razors : a user's manual by Elliott Sober( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evaluates Ockham's razor, the principle of parsimony which states that simpler theories are better than more complex ones, and discusses its applications in a variety of domains
El comportamiento altruista : evolución y psicología by Elliott Sober( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in Spanish and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethical theory : classical and contemporary readings by Louis P Pojman( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This authoritative and reader-friendly anthology will help you think through some of humanity's most persistent questions regarding right and wrong, good and bad. This anthology cuts through the confusion and delivers a clear and comprehensive selection of readings from classical and contemporary sources. Presented in a dynamic pro and con format, with detailed summaries of each argument, this comprehensive anthology allows you to watch the ethical debate unfold before your eyes
Kagaku to shoko : Tokei no tetsugaku nyumon by Elliott Sober( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kako o fukugensuru by Elliott Sober( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shinkaron no shatei : Seibutsugaku no tetsugaku nyūmon by Elliott Sober( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology by Robert J Richards( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a Biological Point of View by Elliott Sober( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Unto others : the evolution and psychology of unselfish behavior
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Elliott Sober Amerikaans filosoof

Elliott Sober filósofo estadounidense

Elliott Sober philosophe américain

Elliott Sober US-amerikanischer Philosoph

Sober, E.

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Unto others : the evolution and psychology of unselfish behaviorThe nature of selection : evolutionary theory in philosophical focusPhilosophy of biologySimplicityEvidence and evolution : the logic behind the scienceFrom a biological point of view : essays in evolutionary philosophyReconstructing the past : parsimony, evolution, and inferenceCore questions in philosophy : a text with readings