Survival of the fittest: Law of evolution or law of probability? [Book Review]

Biology and Philosophy 3 (3):349-362 (1988)
In a recent issue of Biology and Philosophy, Kenneth Waters argues that the principle of survival of the fittest should be eliminated from the theory of natural selection, because it is an untestable law of probability, and as such, has no place in evolutionary theory. His argument is impressive, but it does not do justice to the practice of biology. The principle of survival of the fittest should not be eliminated from the theory of natural selection because it is important to biological practice: it plays an essential role in explanation and discovery, and in unffying the theory of natural selection.
Keywords fitness  propensity  untestable  explanation  semantic view of theories
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DOI 10.1007/BF00053659
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