Selection, Security, and Evolutionary International Relations

Gregory P. Dietl

in Natural Security

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253476
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934313 | DOI:
Selection, Security, and Evolutionary International Relations

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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

Chapter.  6983 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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