A bio-philosophical study of Darwinian selection versus Lamarckian instruction in contemporary evolutionary systems biology

01 March 2013 → 31 December 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Philosophy
  • Natural sciences
    • Evolutionary biology
    • General biology
  • Social sciences
    • General pedagogical and educational sciences
    • Communication sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Social medical sciences
the Weismann barrier natural selection Lamarckian instruction evolutionary systems biology Philosophy
Project description

We will investigate the theoretical and empirical conditions for evolution by Darwinian natural selection versus Lamarckian instruction. The latter, 'pre-Darwinian' hypothesis on biological evolution is currently taken back into consideration in contemporary evolutionary systems biology. We will analyse its conceptual and empirical relationship to natural selection as well as the crucial heuristic role the Weismann barrier plays in this.