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Walsh on causes and evolution

Northcott, Robert (2010) Walsh on causes and evolution. Philosophy of Science, 77 (3). pp. 457-467.

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Abstract

Denis Walsh has written a striking new defense in this journal of the statisticalist (i.e. non-causalist) position regarding the forces of evolution (Walsh 2007). I defend the causalist view against his new objections. I argue that the heart of the issue lies in the nature of non-additive causation. Detailed consideration of that turns out to defuse Walsh’s ‘description-dependence’ critique of causalism. Nevertheless, the critique does suggest a basis for reconciliation between the two competing views.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Northcott, Robertr.northcott@bbk.ac.uk
Keywords: causation; evolution; statisticalism; natural selection
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Dr Robert Northcott
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 17:09
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 17:09
Item ID: 15398
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Causation
Date: July 2010
Page Range: pp. 457-467
Volume: 77
Number: 3
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15398

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