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    Contingency’s causality and structural diversity.Alison K. McConwell - 2019 - Biology and Philosophy 34 (2):26.
    What is the relationship between evolutionary contingency and diversity? The evolutionary contingency thesis emphasizes dependency relations and chance as the hallmarks of evolution. While contingency can be destructive of, for example, the fragile and complex dynamics in an ecosystem, I will mainly focus on the productive or causal aspect of contingency for a particular sort of diversity. There are many sorts of diversities: Gould is most famous for his diversity-to-decimation model, which includes disparate body plans distinguishing different phyla. However, structural (...)
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    Gouldian arguments and the sources of contingency.Alison K. McConwell & Adrian Currie - 2017 - Biology and Philosophy 32 (2):243-261.
    ‘Gouldian arguments’ appeal to the contingency of a scientific domain to establish that domain’s autonomy from some body of theory. For instance, pointing to evolutionary contingency, Stephen Jay Gould suggested that natural selection alone is insufficient to explain life on the macroevolutionary scale. In analysing contingency, philosophers have provided source-independent accounts, understanding how events and processes structure history without attending to the nature of those events and processes. But Gouldian Arguments require source-dependent notions of contingency. An account of contingency is (...)
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    Contingency and Individuality: A Plurality of Evolutionary Individuality Types.Alison K. McConwell - 2017 - Philosophy of Science 84 (5):1104-1116.
    Recently, philosophers have sought to determine the nature of individuals relevant to evolution by natural selection or evolutionary individuals. The Evolutionary Contingency Thesis is a claim about evolution that emphasizes the role of contingency or dependency relations and chance-based factors in how evolution unfolds. In this article, I argue that if we take evolutionary contingency seriously, then we should be pluralists about the types of individuals in selection.
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    Historical Contingency: A Special Issue on Epistemic & Non-Epistemic Values in Historical Sciences.Alison K. McConwell & Derek D. Turner - 2023 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 17 (1):1-8.
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    George G. Simpson and Stephen J. Gould on Values: Shifting Normative Frameworks in Historical Context.Alison K. McConwell - 2023 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 17 (1):104-129.
    George G. Simpson (1902–1984) and Stephen J. Gould (1941–2002) were both engaged with the normative – i.e., social, cultural, political, and even ethical – consequences of their evolutionary theorizing. However, there is a normative point of departure between Simpson and Gould’s work in that regard that has received little attention. Yet, their motivations converge into a larger program of resistance and social protection from misconstrued and illegitimate overreaches of the biological sciences leading up to and after the peak of the (...)
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    Individuality, the Major Transitions, and the Evolutionary Contingency Thesis.Alison K. McConwell - unknown
    In this dissertation, I explore the reach of the Evolutionary Contingency Thesis—a view that emphasizes the role of dependency relations and chance in evolution. Contingency produces diverse biological entities, processes, and mechanisms. I analyze the implications of evolution’s contingency in three areas. First, I address the problem of evolutionary individuality, which concerns the nature of entities that selection acts on. If we accept Lewontin’s 1970 view that individuals are selected, then what exactly are these individuals? I argue that evolutionary contingency (...)
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    Walking the Line: A Tempered View of Contingency and Convergence in Life’s History: Review of Jonathan B. Losos: Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution.Alison K. McConwell - 2019 - Acta Biotheoretica 67 (3):253-264.
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    MAUREEN A. O’MALLEY Philosophy of Microbiology. [REVIEW]Alison K. McConwell - 2016 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (3):931-935.
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    Otávio Bueno, Ruey-Lin Chen, & Melinda Bonnie Fagan , Individuation, Process, and Scientific Practice, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018, x + 308 pp. [REVIEW]Alison K. McConwell - 2020 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 42 (1):1-4.
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    Thomas Pradeu, The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity. Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Alison K. McConwell - 2015 - Philosophy in Review 35 (3):171-173.
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