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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Individuals versus Groups in Evolutionary Biology Event

Professor Samir Okasha
16:00 - 17:00
21 November 2012
Building 53, Room 4025 Highfield Campus

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr James Dyke at .

Event details

On Wednesday 21st November, Professor Samir Okasha from the University of Bristol will give the CS4 talk “Individuals versus Groups in Evolutionary Biology”


"I will examine philosophical and conceptual problems within the field of social evolution theory, with a particular emphasis on three themes:

  1. hierarchical organization in the biological world
  2. the tension between individual and group interests
  3. the ‘levels of selection' discussion in evolutionary theory

I argue that social evolution theory is in need of careful philosophical scrutiny, and also offers a novel way of thinking about many issues in traditional social and political philosophy."


All CS4 talks are free and refreshments will be provided from 5pm. No registration is required. For videos of previous talks and details of future talks please visit:

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