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Thinking About Evolutionary Mechanisms: Natural Selection

Skipper, Robert and Millstein, Roberta (2004) Thinking About Evolutionary Mechanisms: Natural Selection. [Preprint]


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This paper explores whether natural selection, a putative evolutionary mechanism, and a main one at that, can be characterized on either of the two dominant conceptions of mechanism, due to Glennan and the team of Machamer, Darden, and Craver, that constitute the “new mechanistic philosophy.” The results of the analysis are that neither of the dominant conceptions of mechanism adequately captures natural selection. Nevertheless, the new mechanistic philosophy possesses the resources for an understanding of natural selection under the rubric.

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Item Type: Preprint
Skipper, Robert
Millstein, Roberta
Keywords: mechanisms, natural selection, evolution
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Robert Skipper
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2119

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