Selection vs. drift: A response to Brandon's reply

Biology and Philosophy 20 (1):171-175 (2005)
I respond to Brandon's (2005) criticisms of my earlier (2002) essay. I argue that (1) biologists are inconsistent in their use of the terms 'selection' and 'drift' -- vacillating between 'process' and 'outcome' -- but that the process-oriented definitions I defend make better sense of the neutralist/selectionist debate; (2) Brandon's purported demonstration that there is no qualitative difference between drift and selection as processes begs the question against my account; and (3) biologists (e.g., Kimura) have argued for genuinely neutral variants. Whether any such variants actually exist is an empirical question. However, the philosophical question at hand is conceptual, not empirical.
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy of Biology   Evolutionary Biology
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-004-6047-1
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