PHIL 226: Evolution’s Laboratory

301 (Penn Global Seminar Version)

Michael Weisberg

TR 10:15-11:45AM

This course consists of a detailed examination of evolutionary theory and its philosophical foundations. The course begins with a consideration of Darwin's formulation of evolutionary theory and the main influences on Darwin. We will then consider two contemporary presentations of the theory: Richard Dawkins' and Richard Lewontin's. The remainder of the course will deal with a number of foundational issues including adaptation, the units of selections, the evolution of altruism, and the possibility of grounding ethics in evolutionary theory. Prerequisite: Application required through Penn Global:

This course fulfills Social Science Approaches to Environmental Inquiry requirement.


Fall 2021