Article ID: CBB670708995

Chances and Propensities in Evo-Devo (2022)

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While the notion of chance has been central in discussions over the probabilistic nature of natural selection and genetic drift, its role in the production of variants on which populational sampling takes place has received much less philosophical attention. This article discusses the concept of chance in evolution in the light of contemporary work in evo-devo. We distinguish different levels at which randomness and chance can be defined in this context, and argue that recent research on variability and evolvability demands a causal understanding of variational probabilities under which development acquires a creative, rather than a constraining role in evolution. We then provide a propensity interpretation of variational probabilities that solves a conceptual confusion between causal properties, variational probabilities and extant variation present in the literature, and explore some metaphysical consequences that follow from our interpretation, specifically with regards to the nature of developmental types.

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Authors & Contributors
Waizbort, Ricardo
Martins, Lilian Al-Chueyer Pereira
Brzezinski Prestes, María Elice de
Stefano, Waldir
Mameli, Matteo
De Araújo, Aldo Mellender
Journals
Biology and Philosophy
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
Perspectives on Science
Zygon
Science and Education
Publishers
Fundo Mackenzie de Pesquisa
Hermann
University of Pittsburgh Press
Concepts
Philosophy of biology
Biology
Evolution
Evolutionary developmental biology
Natural selection
Variation (biology)
People
Darwin, Charles Robert
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Senebier, Jean
Jennings, Herbert Spencer
Stepan, Nancy Leys
Tinbergen, Nikolaas
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
18th century
20th century, early
Places
Germany
Institutions
Human Genome Project
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