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Experimental EvolutionConcepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments$
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Theodore

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247666

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247666.001.0001

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Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to the Evolution of Altruism and the Levels of Selection

Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to the Evolution of Altruism and the Levels of Selection

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(p.585) 19 Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to the Evolution of Altruism and the Levels of Selection
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Experimental Evolution
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Benjamin Kerr

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247666.003.0019

This chapter reviews some of the theoretical approaches to the study of altruism in an attempt to clarify some basic concepts, focusing on the models and statistical tools that have appeared in the levels of selection literature and attempting to make connections between different theoretical approaches in the process. It also describes laboratory and field experiments that have addressed the evolution of different forms of altruism, some directly and some indirectly. The chapter ends by discussing some philosophical issues in the debate over the levels of selection, and the general impact of theoretical and empirical results for this debate.

Keywords:   altruism, levels of selection, theoretical approaches, laboratory experiments, field experiments, evolution

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