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How the Concept of 'Population' Resolves Concepts of 'Environment'

Millstein, Roberta L. (2014) How the Concept of 'Population' Resolves Concepts of 'Environment'. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Symposia.

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    Abstract

    Millstein (2009, 2010) defends the “causal interactionist population concept” (CIPC). Here I further defend the CIPC by showing how it clarifies another concept that biologists grapple with, namely, environment. Should we understand selection as ranging only over homogeneous environments or, alternatively, as ranging over any habitat area we choose to study? I argue instead that the boundaries of the population dictate the range of the environment, whether homogeneous or heterogeneous, over which selection operates. Thus, understanding the concept of “population” helps us to understand concepts of “selective environment,” exemplifying the importance of the CIPC to other concepts and debates.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: environment, population, heterogeneous, homogenous, natural selection, Robert Brandon, Richard Levins, causal interactionist population concept
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
    Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
    Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Symposia
    Depositing User: Dr. Roberta L. Millstein
    Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2014 08:24
    Last Modified: 26 Jan 2014 08:24
    Item ID: 10244
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10244

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