CS4 talk: Prof Samir Okasha

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

The abstract for Samir’s talk is below:

“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.”


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