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There is no asymmetry of identity assumptions in the debate over selection and individuals

Helgeson, Casey (2015) There is no asymmetry of identity assumptions in the debate over selection and individuals. Philosophy of Science, 82 (1). pp. 21-31. ISSN 0031-8248

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Identification Number: 10.1086/679114

Abstract

A long-running dispute concerns which adaptation-related explananda natural selection can be said to explain. (The issue is conceptual, not empirical { and orthogonal adaptationism.) At issue are explananda of the form: why a given individual organism has a given adaptation rather than that same individual having another trait. It is broadly agreed that one must be ready to back up a `No' answer with an appropriate theory of trans-world identity for individuals. I argue, against the conventional wisdom, that the same is true for a `Yes' answer. My conclusion recasts the landscape and opens the door to a potential resolution.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Philosophy of Science Association
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2014 13:44
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 11:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59051

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