David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2012 Edition) (2012)
Organisms inherit various kinds of developmental information and cues from their parents. The study of inheritance systems is aimed at identifying and classifying the various mechanisms and processes of heredity, the types of hereditary information that is passed on by each, the functional interaction between the different systems, and the evolutionary consequences of these properties. We present the discussion of inheritance systems in the context of several debates. First, between proponents of monism about heredity (gene-centric views), holism about heredity (Developmental Systems Theory), and those stressing the role of multiple systems of inheritance. Second, between those analyzing inheritance solely in terms of replication and transmission, and views that stress the multi-generation reproduction of phenotypic traits. A third debate is concerned with different criteria that have been proposed for identifying and delimiting inheritance systems. A fourth controversy revolves around the significance of the “Lamarckian” aspects of some of the inheritance systems that have been identified, such as epigenetic inheritance and behavioral inheritance, that allow the transmission of environmentally induced characters (i.e., “soft inheritance”).
|Keywords||inheritance system replicator reproducer information Jablonka niche construction|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Richmond H. Thomason & John F. Horty, A Clash of Intuitions: The Current State of Nonmonotonic Multiple Inheritance Systems.
James Griesemer (2000). Development, Culture, and the Units of Inheritance. Philosophy of Science 67 (3):368.
John Odling-Smee (2007). Niche Inheritance: A Possible Basis for Classifying Multiple Inheritance Systems in Evolution. Biological Theory 2 (3):276-289.
Eva Jablonka (2002). Information: Its Interpretation, its Inheritance, and its Sharing. Philosophy of Science 69 (4):578-605.
Heikki Helanterä & Tobias Uller (2010). The Price Equation and Extended Inheritance. Philosophy and Theory in Biology 2 (20130604).
Nicholas Shea, Ido Pen & Tobias Uller (2011). Three Epigenetic Information Channels and Their Different Roles in Evolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24:1178-87.
James Griesemer, Matthew H. Haber, Grant Yamashita & Lisa Gannett (2005). Critical Notice: Cycles of Contingency – Developmental Systems and Evolution. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 20 (2-3):517-544.
Pablo Gamallo (2013). Lexical Inheritance with Meronymic Relationships. Axiomathes 23 (1):165-185.
Paul Griffiths (2003). Beyond the Baldwin Effect: James Mark Baldwin's 'Social Heredity', Epigenetic Inheritance, and Niche Construction. In Bruce H. Weber & David J. Depew (eds.), Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered. Mit Press. 193--215.
Francesca Merlin (2009). On Griffiths and Gray's Concept of Expanded and Diffused Inheritance. Biological Theory 5 (3):206-215.
David Haig (2007). Weismann Rules! OK? Epigenetics and the Lamarckian Temptation. Biology and Philosophy 22 (3):415-428.
Matteo Mameli (2005). The Inheritance of Features. Biology and Philosophy 20 (2-3):365-399.
Ann Mumford, Inheritance in Socio-Political Context: The Case for Reviving the Sociological Discourse of Inheritance Tax Law.
J. F. Horty, R. H. Thomason & D. S. Touretzky (1990). A Sceptical Theory of Inheritance in Nonmonotonic Semantic Networks. Artificial Intelligence 42:311-348.
Added to index2012-01-05
Total downloads37 ( #46,252 of 1,101,156 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #116,107 of 1,101,156 )
How can I increase my downloads?