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Sex and Sensibility: The Role of Social Selection, A Review Symposium of Roughgarden's \emphThe Genial Gene

Milam, Erika and Millstein, Roberta and Potochnik, Angela and Roughgarden, Joan (2011) Sex and Sensibility: The Role of Social Selection, A Review Symposium of Roughgarden's \emphThe Genial Gene. [Preprint]

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For Potochnik's essay: As detailed in The Genial Gene (2009), Joan Roughgarden's conception of social selection involves twenty-six empirical hypotheses regarding the evolution of a variety of traits related to sexual reproduction, gender, and the rearing of offspring. Yet Roughgarden sets out to show something even beyond this array of empirical hypotheses. Her contention is that cooperation is `basic to biological nature'. In this paper, I investigate the role that this claim plays in Roughgarden's work. This investigation clarifies the relationship between Roughgarden's social selection theory and extant sexual selection theory. It also clarifies the nature of Roughgarden's criticisms of other accounts of the evolution of cooperation, including kin selection, reciprocal altruism, and group selection. My purpose is twofold: this investigation helps put social selection theory into perspective, and it analyzes an episode of science where broad-scope theoretical claims are plainly entangled with empirical hypotheses.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Milam, Erika
Millstein, Roberta
Potochnik, Angela
Roughgarden, Joan
Keywords: evolutionary theory, sexual selection theory, evolution of cooperation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Depositing User: Angela Potochnik
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 03:09
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 03:09
Item ID: 19015
Journal or Publication Title: Metascience
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11016-010-9464-6
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Date: 2011
Page Range: pp. 253-277
Volume: 20
Number: 2
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19015

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