Transformations of Lamarckism

edited by Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka
Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, 2011. 432 pages.

“The central message of the volume is that a Lamarckian perspective should be taken into account in biology in order to produce a new evolutionary synthesis that would describe and explain the biological world better than the classical theory of evolution,” writes reviewer Francesca Merlin. With parts devoted to history, the Modern Synthesis, biology, philosophy, and “ramifications and future directions,” the book “indeed provides, as promised, an analysis of the relevant dimensions (historical, biological, and philosophical) of Lamarckism,” although Merlin is unsure “what insight or understanding is to be gained from associating Lamarck’s name with some of the research described.”