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Natural SecurityA Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World$
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Raphael Sagarin and Jennifer Hyndman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253476

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253476.001.0001

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Selection, Security, and Evolutionary International Relations

Selection, Security, and Evolutionary International Relations

(p.86) Chapter 6 Selection, Security, and Evolutionary International Relations
Natural Security

Gregory P. Dietl

University of California Press

This chapter attempts to strengthen the conceptualization of selection in evolutionary international relations. It discusses multilevel (or hierarchical) selection theory, which takes as its starting point the idea that selection can operate simultaneously at different levels of a hierarchy, for instance, the ecological hierarchy in biology (organism, population, community, ecosystem). The chapter addresses the issue of ontology in evolutionary international relations, that is, the question of whether large-scale social entities actually exist with the capacity to act as causal agents (evolutionary individuals) in a process of selection.

Keywords:   selection, evolutionary international relations, multilevel selection theory, ontology, causal agents

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