Biological Theory 14 (4):267-279 (2019)

Andrew Buskell
Georgia Institute of Technology
Kevin Laland and colleagues have put forward a number of arguments motivating an extended evolutionary synthesis. Here I examine Laland et al.'s central concept of reciprocal causation. Reciprocal causation features in many arguments supporting an expanded evolutionary framework, yet few of these arguments are clearly delineated. Here I clarify the concept and make explicit three arguments in which it features. I identify where skeptics can—and are—pushing back against these arguments, and highlight what I see as the empirical, explanatory, and methodological issues at stake.
Keywords Evolution  Evolutionary Theory  Causation  Philosophy of Biology
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DOI 10.1007/s13752-019-00325-7
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