Biology and Philosophy 23 (5):605-623 (2008)

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Anya Plutynski
Washington University in St. Louis
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The discussion of the adaptive landscape in the philosophical literature appears to be divided along the following lines. On the one hand, some claim that the adaptive landscape is either “uninterpretable” or incoherent. On the other hand, some argue that the adaptive landscape has been an important heuristic, or tool in the service of explaining, as well as proposing and testing hypotheses about evolutionary change. This paper attempts to reconcile these two views.
Keywords adaptive landscape  heuristic  evolution
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-008-9128-8
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