Is cultural evolution Lamarckian?

  title={Is cultural evolution Lamarckian?},
  author={Maria E. Kronfeldner},
  journal={Biology & Philosophy},
  • Maria E. Kronfeldner
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Biology & Philosophy
  • The article addresses the question whether culture evolves in a Lamarckian manner. I highlight three central aspects of a Lamarckian concept of evolution: the inheritance of acquired characteristics, the transformational pattern of evolution, and the concept of directed changes. A clear exposition of these aspects shows that a system can be a Darwinian variational system instead of a Lamarckian transformational one, even if it is based on inheritance of acquired characteristics and/or on… CONTINUE READING
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