Philosophy of Science 76 (2):201-224 (2009)

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Mohan Matthen
University of Toronto, Mississauga
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We have argued elsewhere that: (A) Natural selection is not a cause of evolution. (B) A resolution-of-forces (or vector addition) model does not provide us with a proper understanding of how natural selection combines with other evolutionary influences. These propositions have come in for criticism recently, and here we clarify and defend them. We do so within the broad framework of our own “hierarchical realization model” of how evolutionary influences combine.
Keywords natural selection  statistical interpretation of natural selection  reification of natural selection
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