Why we need a generalized Darwinism, and why generalized Darwinism is not enough

G. Hodgson, T. Knudsen

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Abstract

Complex evolving systems, consisting of populations of varied and replicating entities are found in both nature and human society. There exists no alternative to the core Darwinian principles of variation, selection and inheritance to explain the evolution of such systems. Neither the actual existence of human intentionality nor the hypothetical possibility of Lamarckian acquired character inheritance offers a barrier to the use of Darwinian principles. On the contrary, Darwinism is always required to complete the explanation. However, while Darwinian principles are always necessary to explain complex evolving population systems they are never sufficient on their own.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume61
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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