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Cultural Evolution
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[German Version]

is gaining in significance in the description of culture. It not a matter of social Darwinism (Darwinism: IV) nor of a simple transfer of the principles of biological evolution, neither analogy nor parallelism, but structural isomorphy, which depicts relations of various levels to one another. One can speak of a general theory of evolution as a positive heuristic for physical, biological and social processes. A plausible model must describe the selection (meme) of entities, their survival, their dispersal an…

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Meisinger, Hubert, “Cultural Evolution”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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