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Kin selection, group selection, and the varieties of population structure

Birch, Jonathan (2018) Kin selection, group selection, and the varieties of population structure. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. ISSN 0007-0882

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Abstract

Various results show the ‘formal equivalence’ of kin and group selectionist methodologies, but this does not preclude there being a real and useful distinction between kin and group selection processes. I distinguish individual and population-centred approaches to drawing such a distinction, and I proceed to develop the latter. On the account I advance, the differences between kin and group selection are differences of degree in the structural properties of populations. A spatial metaphor (‘K-G space’) provides a useful framework for thinking about these differences: kin and group selection may be conceptualized as large, overlapping regions of K-G space. I then consider some implications of the account, defend it from possible objections, and further argue that the structural features characteristic of both kin and group selection may recur at multiple levels of biological organization.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/phisci
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
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: 05 Jan 2017 10:01
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 23:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68758

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