Formal Darwinism

Biology and Philosophy 29 (2):249-257 (2014)
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Sahotra Sarkar
University of Texas at Austin
Abstract
Two questions are raised for Grafen’s formal darwinism project of aligning evolutionary dynamics under natural selection with the optimization of phenotypes for individuals of a population. The first question concerns mean fitness maximization during frequency-dependent selection; in such selection regimes, not only is mean fitness typically not maximized but it is implausible that any parameter closely related to fitness is being maximized. The second question concerns whether natural selection on inclusive fitness differences can be regarded as individual selection or whether it leads to a departure from the central motivation that led to the formal darwinism project, viz., to show that “Darwinian” evolution through individual selection leads to “good design” or phenotypic adaptation through trait optimization
Keywords Adaptationism  Frequency-dependent selection  Inclusive fitness  Kin selection  Mean fitness  Natural selection  Optimization
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-013-9416-9
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