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Population and organismal perspectives on trait origins (2020)


Some biologists and philosophers of biology claim selection can “create” novel traits. Others claim creativity is to be found only in development. I here endorse the former claim, but take seriously and address the concerns that underlie the latter. My discussion of these issues is informed by recent work that champions the “return of the organism” to mainstream evolutionary biology, and I suggest how population and organismal perspectives on trait origins can be reconciled.

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Authors & Contributors
Ruse, Michael
Sober, Elliott R.
Hecht Orzack, Steven
Mameli, Matteo
Shanahan, Timothy D.
Baker, Jason M.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Science and Education
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Biological Theory
Cambridge University Press
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Natural selection
Adaptation (biology)
Evolutionary developmental biology
Philosophy of biology
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Darwin, Charles Robert
Gould, Stephen Jay
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Böker, Hans
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
Human Genome Project

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