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Edward O. Wilson and the Organicist Tradition

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of the History of Biology, December 2012
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Title
Edward O. Wilson and the Organicist Tradition
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Journal of the History of Biology, December 2012
DOI 10.1007/s10739-012-9347-3
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Abraham H. Gibson

Abstract

Edward O. Wilson's recent decision to abandon kin selection theory has sent shockwaves throughout the biological sciences. Over the past two years, more than a hundred biologists have signed letters protesting his reversal. Making sense of Wilson's decision and the controversy it has spawned requires familiarity with the historical record. This entails not only examining the conditions under which kin selection theory first emerged, but also the organicist tradition against which it rebelled. In similar fashion, one must not only examine Wilson's long career, but also those thinkers who influenced him most, especially his intellectual grandfather, William Morton Wheeler (1865-1937). Wilson belongs to a long line of organicists, biologists whose research highlighted integration and coordination, many of whom struggled over the exact same biological riddles that have long defined Wilson's career. Drawing inspiration (and sometimes ideas) from these intellectual forebears, Wilson is confident that he has finally identified the origin of the social impulse.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Portugal 2 9%
Denmark 1 4%
Germany 1 4%
Unknown 19 83%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 5 22%
Researcher 5 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 13%
Professor 2 9%
Student > Master 2 9%
Other 4 17%
Unknown 2 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 48%
Philosophy 2 9%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 9%
Social Sciences 2 9%
Computer Science 1 4%
Other 2 9%
Unknown 3 13%

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