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Optimality Modeling and Explanatory Generality

Potochnik, Angela (2006) Optimality Modeling and Explanatory Generality. In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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)
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
    General Issues > Explanation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Angela Potochnik
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3011
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3011

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