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Investigating Wasp Societies: A Historical and Epistemological Study

Abstract The study of wasp societies (family Vespidae) has played a central role in advancing our knowledge of why social life evolves and how it functions. This dissertation asks: How have scientists generated and evaluated new concepts and theories about social life and its evolution by investigating wasp societies? It addresses this question both from a narrative/historical and from a reflective/epistemological perspective. The historical narratives reconstruct the investigative pathways of the Italian entomologist Leo Pardi (1915-1990) and the British evolutionary biologist William D. Hamilton (1936-2000). The works of these two scientists represent respectively the beginning of our current understanding of immediate and evolutionary causes of s... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Caniglia, Guido (Author) / Laubichler, Manfred (Advisor) / Maienschein, Jane (Advisor) / Creath, Richard (Committee member) / Mitchell, Sandra (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Epistemology / History / Evolution & development / Altruism / Social Insects / Sociobiology / Theory testing / Wasps / W.D. Hamilton
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 180 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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