Screening-off and the levels of selection

Erkenntnis 42 (1):107 - 112 (1995)
Abstract
In The Levels of Selection (Brandon, 1984), Robert Brandon provides a suggestive but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to use the probabilistic notion ofscreening off in providing a schema for dealing with an aspect of the units of selection question in the philosophy of biology. I characterize that failure, and suggest a revision and expansion of Brandon's account which addresses its key shortcoming.
Keywords philosophy of science  levels of explanation
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