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Heritability and Genetic Causation

Oftedal, Gry (2004) Heritability and Genetic Causation. In: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers. (Unpublished)

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    The method in human genetics of ascribing causal responsibility to genotype by the use of heritability estimates has been heavily criticized over the years. It has been argued that these estimates are rarely valid and do not serve the purpose of tracing genetic causes. Recent contributions strike back at this criticism. I present and discuss two opposing views on these matters represented by Richard Lewontin and Neven Sesardic, and I suggest that some of the disagreement is based on differing concepts of genetic causation. I use the distinction of structuring and triggering causes to help clarifying the basis for the opposing views.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: heritability, causation, causes, structuring, triggering, genes, genetic
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
    Conferences and Volumes: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Gry Oftedal
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2084
    Public Domain: No
    Conference Date: 18.-20. November 2004
    Conference Location: Austin, Texas
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2084

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