Social niche construction and evolutionary transitions in individuality

  title={Social niche construction and evolutionary transitions in individuality},
  author={Polly A Ryan and Simon T. Powers and Richard A. Watson},
  booktitle={Biology & philosophy},
Social evolution theory conventionally takes an externalist explanatory stance, treating observed cooperation as explanandum and the positive assortment of cooperative behaviour as explanans. We ask how the circumstances bringing about this positive assortment arose in the first place. Rather than merely push the explanatory problem back a step, we move from an externalist to an interactionist explanatory stance, in the spirit of Lewontin and the Niche Construction theorists. We develop a… CONTINUE READING
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