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Optimality Modeling and Explanatory Generality

Potochnik, Angela (2006) Optimality Modeling and Explanatory Generality. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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The optimality approach to modeling natural selection has been criticized by many biologists and philosophers of biology. For instance, Lewontin (1979) argues that the optimality approach is a shortcut that will be replaced by models incorporating genetic information, if and when such models become available. In contrast, I think that optimality models have a permanent role in evolutionary study. I base my argument for this claim on what I think it takes to best explain an event. In certain contexts, optimality and game-theoretic models best explain some central types of evolutionary phenomena.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Potochnik, Angela
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Angela Potochnik
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3011

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