[Review of the book Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection by, Podfrey-Smith]

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  • Introduction: The core notion of Godfrey Smith’s account is that of a ‘Darwinian population’, which is “a population—a collection of particular things—that has the capacity to undergo evolution by natural selection” (page 6). A ‘Darwinian individual’ is a member of such an evolving population. This sounds very broad, but the aim is a general characterization of the features that an ensemble of objects must have to be able to undergo selection-guided change. Indeed, Darwinian populations exist on different levels of organization. While some Darwinian populations are made up of organisms, others are collections of genes, cells, or organism groups.

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    © 2011 I. Brigandt et al. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Brigandt, I. (2011). [Review of the book Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection by, P. Godfrey-Smith]. The Philosophical Review, 120(1), 140–143.
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