Beyond the Meme
Volume 22 of the Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science is now available for purchase (University of Minnesota Press) and is freely available online (Open Access). Beyond the Meme: Development and Structure in Cultural Evolution is co-edited by Alan C. Love (University of Minnesota) and William C. Wimsatt (University of Chicago/University of Minnesota) and offers interdisciplinary perspectives on cultural evolution that reject meme theory in favor of a complex understanding of dynamic change over time.
Beyond the Meme assembles a diverse array of contributors on different topics in cultural evolution: Sabina Leonelli, Nancy J. Nersessian, Michel Janssen, Jacob G. Foster, James A. Evans, Mark A. Bedau, Marshall Abrams, Gilbert B. Tostevin, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Massimo Maiocchi, Joseph D. Martin, Paul E. Smaldino, Claes Andersson, Anton Törnberg, and Petter Törnberg. The volume provides a nuanced understanding of cultural evolution as a multidimensional process in which dynamic structures interact on different scales of size and time. It demonstrates how a thick understanding of change in culture emerges from multiple disciplinary vantage points, each of which is required to understand cultural evolution in all its complexity.