Wilson, Edward O.


Edward O Wilson is the most distinguished living evolutionist. He has made seminal contributions to ant taxonomy, to island biogeography, to the importance of pheromones (chemical methods of communication) and to social behaviour (sociobiology). He has also been active in conservation projects, much concerned to promote biodiversity, and he has in later years turned his attention to philosophical and social issues, arguing that evolution provides a firm foundation for the study of ethics and epistemology.

Keywords: ants; sociobiology; evolution; ethics; epistemology; pheromone; biogeography

Further Reading

MacArthur RH and Wilson EO (1967) The Theory of Island Biogeography. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Ruse M (1979) Sociobiology: Sense or Nonsense? Dordrecht, Holland: Reidel.

Ruse M (ed.) (2009) Philosophy after Darwin: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Wilson EO (1971) The Insect Societies. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Wilson EO (1975) Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Wilson EO (1978) On Human Nature. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Wilson EO (1998) Consilience. New York: Knopf.

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Ruse, Michael(Dec 2011) Wilson, Edward O.. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003603]