Cross-Unit Causation and the Identity of Groups

Philosophy of Science 84 (4):717-736 (2017)
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Abstract

In this article I explore some statistical difficulties confronting going conceptions of ‘group’ as understood in accounts of group selection. Most such theories require real groups but define the reality of groups in ways that make it impossible to test for their reality. There are alternatives, but they either require or invite a nominalism about groups that many theorists abjure.

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