Authors
Thomas A. C. Reydon
Universität Hannover
Abstract
While evolutionary thinking is increasingly becoming popular in fields of investigation outside the biological sciences, it remains unclear how helpful it is there and whether it actually yields good explanations of the phenomena under study. Here we examine the ontology of a recent approach to applying evolutionary thinking outside biology, the generalized Darwinism approach proposed by Geoffrey Hodgson and Thorbjørn Knudsen. We examine the ontology of populations in biology and in GD, and argue that biological evolutionary theory sets ontological criteria that GD fails to meet. We suggest two options to revise the population concept in GD: reformulating the concept in terms of inheritance and reproduction such that it comes to pick out individuals similar to evolving populations, or trying to build an adequate population concept on a principle of differential retention instead of differential reproduction. 1 Introduction2 Generalized Darwinism2.1 What is generalized Darwinism?2.2 Darwinian principles3 The Ontology of Generalized Darwinism: What Are Populations?3.1 The population concept of generalized Darwinism3.2 The population concept in evolutionary theory4 Locating Evolving Systems in Generalized Darwinism5 Conclusion
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/bjps/axt049
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,192
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

View all 34 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Population Pluralism and Natural Selection.Jacob Stegenga - 2016 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (1):1-29.
Is Social Ontology Prior to Social Scientific Methodology?Richard Lauer - 2019 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 49 (3):171-189.
Population Pluralism and Natural Selection.Jacob Stegenga - 2014 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (1):axu003.
Do Humans Have Continental Populations?Quayshawn Spencer - 2016 - Philosophy of Science 83 (5):791-802.

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Rose's Homeodynamic Perspective is Not an Alternative to Neo-Darwinism.A. J. Wells - 1999 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (5):911-912.
The Influence of Darwinism on Philosopy.John Dewey - 1967 - In Raymond Jackson Wilson (ed.), Darwinism and the American Intellectual. Homewood, Ill., Dorsey Press.
The Religious Issue: What is Darwinism?Charles Hodge - 1967 - In Raymond Jackson Wilson (ed.), Darwinism and the American Intellectual. Homewood, Ill., Dorsey Press.
Religion and Darwinism: Varieties of Catholic Reaction.Harry W. Paul - 1988 - In Thomas F. Glick (ed.), The Comparative Reception of Darwinism. University of Chicago Press. pp. 417--1827.
Darwinism and Social Ethics: The Elements of Moral Science.Noah Porter - 1967 - In Raymond Jackson Wilson (ed.), Darwinism and the American Intellectual. Homewood, Ill., Dorsey Press.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-05-14

Total views
23 ( #492,865 of 2,507,351 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #209,781 of 2,507,351 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes