Arbitrariness and Causation in Classical Population Genetics

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65 (3):429-444 (2014)
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I criticize some arguments against the causal interpretability of population genetics put forward by Denis Walsh ([2007], [2010]). In particular, I seek to undermine the contention that population genetics exhibits frame of reference relativity or subjectivity with respect to its formal representations. I also show that classical population genetics does not fall foul of some criteria for causal representation put forward by James Woodward ([2003]), although those criteria do undermine some causalist stances. 1 Introduction2 Modularity3 The Crucially Important Point4 The Gillespie Case: Density-Dependent Selection5 Conclusion



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