Evolution in Four Dimensions (E4D) attempts the ambitious task of producing a work targeted at professional philosophers and biologists but also at the popular science market. Consequently, its tone is informal, for instance cartoons are used to illustrate key principles. Additionally, each chapter ends with a dialogue between the authors and a sceptical reader who seeks clarification and offers counterarguments. A few readers may find the informality off-putting but the arguments remain detailed and rigorous. Each chapter begins by assuming no knowledge of the literature and so we are eased slowly into each dimension, often with an extended thought experiment that some might find unnecessary.

The title's four dimensions are inheritance mechanisms that guide biological and cultural evolution. Jablonka...

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