Philosophy of Science 74 (5):680-691 (2007)

Authors
Angela Potochnik
University of Cincinnati
Abstract
The optimality approach to modeling natural selection has been criticized by many biologists and philosophers of biology. For instance, Lewontin (1979) argues that the optimality approach is a shortcut that will be replaced by models incorporating genetic information, if and when such models become available. In contrast, I think that optimality models have a permanent role in evolutionary study. I base my argument for this claim on what I think it takes to best explain an event. In certain contexts, optimality and game-theoretic models best explain some central types of evolutionary phenomena. ‡Thanks to Michael Friedman, Helen Longino, Michael Weisberg, and especially Elliott Sober for comments on earlier drafts of this paper. †To contact the author, please write to: Department of Philosophy, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2155; e-mail: [email protected]
Keywords Explanation   Biology   Philosophy of Science   Game Theory
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2007
DOI 10.1086/525613
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

References found in this work BETA

The Multiple Realizability Argument Against Reductionism.Elliott Sober - 1999 - Philosophy of Science 66 (4):542-564.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Minimal Model Explanations.Robert W. Batterman & Collin C. Rice - 2014 - Philosophy of Science 81 (3):349-376.
Levels of Explanation Reconceived.Angela Potochnik - 2010 - Philosophy of Science 77 (1):59-72.

View all 32 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
316 ( #28,827 of 2,448,684 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
15 ( #44,054 of 2,448,684 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes