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Evolvability, Dispositions, and Intrinsicality

Love, Alan C. (2002) Evolvability, Dispositions, and Intrinsicality. [Preprint]

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    In this paper I examine a dispositional property that has been receiving increased attention in biology, evolvability. First, I identify three compatible but distinct investigative approaches, distinguish two interpretations of evolvability, and treat the difference between dispositions of individuals versus populations. Second, I explore the relevance of philosophical distinctions about dispositions for evolvability, isolating the assumption that dispositions are intrinsically located. In conclusion, I argue that some instances of evolvability cannot be understood as purely intrinsic to populations and suggest alternative strategies for resolving this difficulty.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Evolutionary Theory, evolvability, dispositions
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1084
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1084

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