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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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    Abstract

    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
    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 11:13
    Item ID: 2119
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2119

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