Biology and Philosophy 29 (1):1-32 (2014)

Peter Gildenhuys
Lafayette College
Kerr and Godfrey-Smith argue that two mathematically equivalent, alternative formal representations drawn from population genetics, the contextualist and collectivist formalisms, may be equally good for quantifying the dynamics of some natural systems, despite important differences between the formalisms. I draw on constraints on causal representation from Woodward (Making things happen, Oxford University Press, New York, 2003) and Eberhardt and Scheines (Philos Sci 74(5):981–995, 2006) to argue that one or the other formalism will be superior for arbitrary natural systems in which individuals form different types of groups
Keywords Evolutionary theory  Population genetics  Group selection  Genic pluralism  Multilevel selection
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-013-9381-3
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