The return of the replicator: What is philosophically significant in a general account of replication and selection? [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy (1):109-121 (2002)
Abstract
The aim of this paper is to outline a typology of selection processes, and show that different sub-categories have different explanatory power. The basis of this typology of selection processes is argued to be the difference of replication processes involved in them. In order to show this, I argue that: 1. Replication is necessary for selection and 2. Different types of replication lead to different types of selection. Finally, it is argued that this typology is philosophically significant, since it contrasts cases of selection (on the basis of the replication processes involved in them) whereby selection causes adaptation – and, therefore, can be used in explanations of the (real or apparent) teleology of Nature – and cases in which selection lacks such explanatory power.
Keywords Replication  Interaction  Gene  Natural selection
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