Biological Theory 6 (1):89-102 (2011)

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We trace the history of the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis, and of genetic Darwinism generally, with a view to showing why, even in its current versions, it can no longer serve as a general framework for evolutionary theory. The main reason is empirical. Genetical Darwinism cannot accommodate the role of development in many evolutionary processes. We go on to discuss two conceptual issues: whether natural selection can be the “creative factor” in a new, more general framework for evolutionary theorizing; and whether in such a framework organisms must be conceived as self-organizing systems embedded in self-organizing ecological systems.
Keywords Developmental Systems Theory  Ecological systems  Genetical Darwinism  Hierarchical expansion (of synthesis)  Modern Evolutionary Synthesis  Natural selection  Niche construction  Self-organization  Selfish gene theory
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DOI 10.1007/s13752-011-0007-1
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