Graduate studies at Western
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 61 (1):213-233 (2010)
|Abstract||The value of optimality modeling has long been a source of contention amongst population biologists. Here I present a view of the optimality approach as at once playing a crucial explanatory role and yet also depending on external sources of confirmation. Optimality models are not alone in facing this tension between their explanatory value and their dependence on other approaches; I suspect that the scenario is quite common in science. This investigation of the optimality approach thus serves as a case study, on the basis of which I suggest that there is a widely felt tension in science between explanatory independence and broad epistemic inter dependence, and that this tension influences scientific methodology|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Christoph Lumer (2005). Intentions Are Optimality Beliefs – but Optimizing What? Erkenntnis 62 (2):235 - 262.
Enrica Carbone & John D. Hey (2001). A Test of the Principle of Optimality. Theory and Decision 50 (3):263-281.
David R. Shanks & David Lagnado (2000). Sub-Optimal Reasons for Rejecting Optimality. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (5):761-762.
Uriah Kriegel (2011). Self-Representationalism and the Explanatory Gap. In J. Liu & J. Perry (eds.), Consciousness and the Self: New Essays. Cambridge University Press.
Angela Potochnik (2011). A Neurathian Conception of the Unity of Science. Erkenntnis 74 (3):305-319.
Klaus Bonik, Wolfgang Friedrich Gutmann & D. Stefan Peters (1977). Optimierung Und Ökonomisierung Im Kontext Von Evolutionstheorie Und Phylogenetischer Rekonstruktion. Acta Biotheoretica 26 (2).
John Beatty (1980). Optimal-Design Models and the Strategy of Model Building in Evolutionary Biology. Philosophy of Science 47 (4):532-561.
Angela Potochnik (2009). Optimality Modeling in a Suboptimal World. Biology and Philosophy 24 (2):183-197.
Angela Potochnik (2007). Optimality Modeling and Explanatory Generality. Philosophy of Science 74 (5):680-691.
Added to index2010-02-13
Total downloads27 ( #51,880 of 749,901 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #62,995 of 749,901 )
How can I increase my downloads?