Biology and Philosophy 29 (2):271-279 (2014)

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Philippe Huneman
University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
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This paper uses the framework of Formal Darwinism (FD) to evaluate organism-centric critiques of the Modern Synthesis (MS). The first section argues that the FD project reconciles two kinds of selective explanations in biology. Thus it is not correct to say that the MS neglects organisms—instead, it explains organisms’ design, as argued in the second section. In the third section I employ a concept of the organism derived from Kant that has two aspects: the parts presupposing the whole, and the productivity of the parts in relation to the whole. The first aspect corresponds to the “design” that FD explains, whereas the second aspect is something about which the MS is largely silent
Keywords Natural selection  Optimization  Organism  Constraints  Design  Modern synthesis
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