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  1. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2014). Richness Theory: From Value to Action. Les Ateliers de l'Éthique / the Ethics Forum 9 (2):99-109.
    Richness theory offers a promising axiology. In this paper, I discuss how to translate it into a deontology. To do so, I recruit the concept of moral distance from a recently developed epistemology, and construe it in terms of causal power. Finally, I apply the resulting decision-theoretic framework to the question of how best to avert ecological disaster over the next 36 years and achieve ecological harmony over the next 986.
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  2. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2011). Diversity and the Good. In Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown & Kent A. Peacock (eds.), Philosophy of Ecology. North-Holland. 11--399.
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  3. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2011). Sandra D. Mitchell , Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity, and Policy . Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2009), 160 Pp., $27.50 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 78 (3):524-527.
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  4. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2011). Weighing Species. Environmental Ethics 33 (2):185-196.
    Richness theory offers an alternative to the paradigms that have dominated the short history of environmental ethics as a self-conscious field. This alternative theoretical paradigm defines intrinsic value as “richness”—a synonym for “organic unity” or “unity in diversity.” Richness theory can handily reconcile two kinds of ideas that seem to be in tension with each other:that (1) an individual human being has a greater worth than an individual organism of just about any other species; and (2) yet the world would (...)
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  5. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2007). Ecology. In David L. Hull & Michael Ruse (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  6. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2007). Toward a General Theory of Diversity and Equality. In Mohan Matthen & Christopher Stephens (eds.), Philosophy of Biology. Elsevier. 385--392.
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  7. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2006). Realism Versus Instrumentalism in a New Statistical Framework. Philosophy of Science 73 (4):440-447.
    In this paper, I offer a new defense of scientific realism, tailored for the Akaikean paradigm of statistical hypothesis testing. After proposing definitions of verisimilitude and predictive success, I use computer simulations to show how the latter depends on the former, even in the kind of case featured in a recent argument for instrumentalism. *Received May 2005; revised July 2006. †To contact the author, please write to: Department of Philosophy and School of Environment, McGill University, 855 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal, (...)
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  8. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2006). Realism Versus Instrumentalism in a New Statistical Framework. Philosophy of Science 73 (4):440-447.
    In this paper, I offer a new defense of scientific realism, tailored for the Akaikean paradigm of statistical hypothesis testing. After proposing definitions of verisimilitude and predictive success, I use computer simulations to show how the latter depends on the former, even in the kind of case featured in a recent argument for instrumentalism.
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  9. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2005). Niche-Based Vs. Neutral Models of Ecological Communities. Biology and Philosophy 20 (2-3):557-566.
    Department of Philosophy and School of Environment McGill University 855 Sherbrooke Street West Montréal, Québec H3A 2T7 Canada E-mail: gregory.mikkelson@mcgill.ca..
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  10. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2004). Review of Gregory J. Cooper, The Science of the Struggle for Existence: On the Foundations of Ecology. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (7).
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  11. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2003). Ecological Kinds and Ecological Laws. Philosophy of Science 70 (5):1390-1400.
    Ecologists typically invoke "law-like" generalizations, ranging over "structural" and/or "functional" kinds, in order to explain generalizations about "historical" kinds (such as biological taxa)rather than vice versa. This practice is justified, since structural and functional kinds tend to correlate better with important ecological phenomena than do historical kinds. I support these contentions with three recent case studies. In one sense, therefore, ecology is, and should be, more nomothetic, or law-oriented, than idiographic, or historically oriented. This conclusion challenges several recent philosophical claims (...)
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  12. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2001). Complexity and Verisimilitude: Realism for Ecology. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 16 (4):533-546.
    When data are limited, simple models of complex ecological systems tend to wind up closer to the truth than more complex models of the same systems. This greater proximity to the truth, or verisimilitude, leads to greater predictive success. When more data are available, the advantage of simplicity decreases, and more complex models may gain the upper hand. In ecology, holistic models are usually simpler than reductionistic models. Thus, when data are limited, holistic models have an advantage over reductionistic models, (...)
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  13. Gregory M. Mikkelson (2001). Untangling Ecology? Biology and Philosophy 16 (2):273-279.
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  14. Gregory M. Mikkelson (1997). Methods and Metaphors in Community Ecology: The Problem of Defining Stability. Perspectives on Science 5:481-498.
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  15. Gregory M. Mikkelson (1996). A Review: The Large, the Small, the Real and the Natural. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 11 (1):127-132.
  16. Gregory M. Mikkelson (1996). Stretched Lines, Averted Leaps, and Excluded Competition: A Theory of Scientific Counterfactuals. Philosophy of Science 63 (3):201.
    Lewis' argument against the Limit Assumption and Pollock's Generalized Consequence Principle together suggest that "minimal-change" theories of counterfactuals are wrong. The "small-change" theories presented by Nute do not say enough. While these theories rely on closeness between possible worlds, I base an alternative on the ceteris paribus concept. My theory solves a problem that the above cannot, and is more relevant to the philosophy of science. Ceteris paribus conditions should normally include the causes, but exclude the effects, of the negated (...)
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