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How Not to Argue for the Indeterminism of Evolution: A Look at Two Recent Attempts to Settle the Issue

Millstein, Roberta (2002) How Not to Argue for the Indeterminism of Evolution: A Look at Two Recent Attempts to Settle the Issue. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    I examine recent debates in the philosophy of biology over the determinism or indeterminism of the evolutionary process, focusing on two papers in particular: Glymour 2001 and Stamos 2001. I argue that neither of these papers succeeds in making the case for the indeterminism of the evolutionary process, and suggest that what is needed is a detailed analysis of the causal processes at every level from the quantum mechanical to the evolutionary.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: determinism, indeterminism, Stamos, Glymour, evolution
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Depositing User: Dr. Roberta L. Millstein
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2002
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 812
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/812

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