RPS Reading Group

Friday December 3rd 2010, Noon-1:30pm

Rm 318, Jackman Humanities Building

170 St. George Street

The Theory of Social and Cultural Selection” by W.G. Runciman.  An original and wide-ranging account of the
fundamental process by which human cultures and societies come to be of the different kinds they are. Drawing on and extending recent advances in neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory, Runciman argues that collective human behaviour should be analysed as the acting out of information transmitted at the three separate but interacting levels of heritable variation and
competitive selection – the biological, the cultural, and the social.

Discussion facilitator: David A. Kaden, Department of Religion University of Toronto

Links to the readings are available at: http://rps.chass.utoronto.ca/