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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
Love, Alan C.
Keywords: Evolutionary Theory, evolvability, dispositions
Depositing User: Program Committee
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 1084

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