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Heritability and Indirect Causation

Sesardic, Neven (2002) Heritability and Indirect Causation. [Preprint]

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Genetic differences can lead to phenotypic differences either directly or indirectly (via causing differences in external environments, which then affect phenotype). This possibility of genetic effects being mediated by environmental influences is often used by scientists and philosophers to argue that heritability is not a very helpful causal or explanatory notion. In this paper it is shown that these criticisms are based on serious misconceptions about methods of behavior genetics.


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Sesardic, Neven
Keywords: Genetics, Causation, heritability
Depositing User: Program Committee
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 1097
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1097

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