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An Analysis of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene Nicola Davis

An Analysis of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene By Nicola Davis

An Analysis of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene by Nicola Davis


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The Selfish Gene is that rarest of things: an outstanding work of scholarship that has seeped into popular culture. Richard Dawkins's contentious notion that organisms are survival mechanisms for 'selfish genes' has helped shape the debate in evolutionary biology for almost 40 years.

An Analysis of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene Summary

An Analysis of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene by Nicola Davis

Richard Dawkins provides excellent examples of his reasoning and interpretation skills in The Selfish Gene. His 1976 book is not a work of original research, but instead a careful explanation of evolution, combined with an argument for a particular interpretation of several aspects of evolution. Since Dawkins is building on other researchers' work and writing for a general audience, the central elements of good reasoning are vital to his book: producing a clear argument and presenting a persuasive case; organising an argument and supporting its conclusions.

In doing this, Dawkins also employs the crucial skill of interpretation: understanding what evidence means; clarifying terms; questioning definitions; giving clear definitions on which to build arguments. The strength of his reasoning and interpretative skills played a key part in the widespread acceptance of his argument for a gene-centred interpretation of natural selection and evolution - and in its history as a bestselling classic of science writing.

About Nicola Davis

Dr Nicola Davis studied cell biology at Durham University and received her PhD from the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College London.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text

Who is Richard Dawkins?

What does The Selfish Gene Say?

Why does The Selfish Gene Matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context

Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas

Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

Additional information

GOR010445949
9781912127573
1912127571
An Analysis of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene by Nicola Davis
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Macat International Limited
2017-07-05
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