Critical notice: Cycles of contingency – developmental systems and evolution [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 20 (2-3):517-544 (2005)
The themes, problems and challenges of developmental systems theory as described in Cycles of Contingency are discussed. We argue in favor of a robust approach to philosophical and scientific problems of extended heredity and the integration of behavior, development, inheritance, and evolution. Problems with Sterelny's proposal to evaluate inheritance systems using his `Hoyle criteria' are discussed and critically evaluated. Additional support for a developmental systems perspective is sought in evolutionary studies of performance and behavior modulation of fitness.
Keywords Behavior modulation  Developmental systems theory  Extended heredity  Epigenetic inheritance  Hoyle criteria
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-004-0836-4
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