Originally Published In
Philosophy of Science. 2016 Dec; 83(5):861-872. DOI: 10.1086/687870
Kin selection is a core aspect of social evolution theory, but a small number of critics have recently challenged it. Here I address these criticisms and show that kin selection remains an important explanation for much (though not all) social evolution. I show how many of the criticisms rest on historical idiosyncrasies of the way the field happened to develop, rather than on the real logic and evidence.
Queller, David C., "Kin Selection and Its Discontents" (2016). Biology Faculty Publications & Presentations. 128.
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