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The Formal Darwinism Project in Outline (2014)


he formal darwinism project aims to provide a mathematical framework within which important fundamental ideas in large parts of biology can be articulated, including Darwin's central argument in The Origin (that mechanical processes of inheritance and reproduction can give rise to the appearance of design), modern extensions of evolutionary theory including ESS theory and inclusive fitness, and Dawkins' synthesis of them into a single structure. A new kind of argument is required to link equations of motion on the one hand to optimisation programs on the other, and a major point is that the biologist's concept of fitness maximisation is not represented by concepts from dynamical systems such as Lyapunov functions and gradient functions. The progress of the project so far is reviewed, though with only a brief glance at the rather complicated mathematics itself, and the centrality of fitness maximisation ideas to many areas of biology is emphasised.


Description The “project aims to provide a mathematical framework within which important fundamental ideas in large parts of biology can be articulated.” (from the abstract) Contents of symposium:

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Article Grafen, Alan (2014) The Formal Darwinism Project in Outline: Response to Commentaries. Biology and Philosophy (p. 281). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Ghiselin, Michael T.
Hösle, Vittorio
Lorenzano, Pablo
Martins, Lilian Al-Chueyer Pereira
Stefano, Waldir
Brzezinski Prestes, María Elice de
Perspectives on Science
Biology and Philosophy
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Journal of the History of Biology
Science in Context
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Open Court
University of Notre Dame Press
Fundo Mackenzie de Pesquisa
Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of science
Formalization (philosophy)
Hilbert, David
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Kostitzyn, Vladimir Aleksandrovich
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Franklin, Rosalind
Spallanzani, Lazzaro
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
Early modern
Great Britain

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