Synthese 179 (3):455-477 (2011)

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Bence Nanay
University of Antwerp
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According to a once influential view of selection, it consists of repeated cycles of replication and interaction. It has been argued that this view is wrong: replication is not necessary for evolution by natural selection. I analyze the nine most influential arguments for this claim and defend the replication–interaction conception of selection against these objections. In order to do so, however, the replication–interaction conception of selection needs to be modified significantly. My proposal is that replication is not the copying of an entity, the replicator, but the copying of a property. Thus, we can have a replication process without there being a replicator that is being copied.
Keywords Replication  Interaction  Fitness  Replicators  Clonal organisms  Microbes
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-009-9702-x
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