Why the Gene will not return

Philosophy of Science 72 (2):287-310 (2005)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
I argue that four of the fundamental claims of those calling themselves `genic pluralists'Philip Kitcher, Kim Sterelny, and Ken Watersare defective. First, they claim that once genic selectionism is recognized, the units of selection problems will be dissolved. Second, Sterelny and Kitcher claim that there are no targets of selection. Third, Sterelny, Kitcher, and Waters claim that they have a concept of genic causation that allows them to give independent genic causal accounts of all selection processes. I argue that each one of these claims is either false or misleading. Moreover, the challenge that arises from the availability of genic causal accounts, namely, the inability to choose on rational grounds among genic and higher-level accounts, is unsupported
Keywords
No keywords specified (fix it)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
LLOWTG
Revision history
Archival date: 2014-04-04
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 14 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
308 ( #9,649 of 40,046 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
17 ( #25,608 of 40,046 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.