The prevailing paradigm in evolutionary biology is gene selectionism. Recently, new models have emerged, most notably niche construction theory (NCT), that pose as radical alternatives to the so-called Standard Evolutionary Theory (SET). NCT opens the door for introducing the intention-driven living agent. Doing so, however, introduces a cognitive and intentional agency to evolution that has long been anathema.
Author, Purpose and Desire (released 12 September 2017) https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062651563/purpose-and-desire/