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    Contingency’s Causality and Structural Diversity.Alison McConwell - 2019 - Biology and Philosophy 34 (2):26.
    What is the relationship between evolutionary contingency and diversity? The evolutionary contingency thesis emphasizes dependency relations and chance as the hallmarks of evolution. While contingency can be destructive of, for example, the fragile and complex dynamics in an ecosystem, I will mainly focus on the productive or causal aspect of contingency for a particular sort of diversity. There are many sorts of diversities: Gould is most famous for his diversity-to-decimation model, which includes disparate body plans distinguishing different phyla. However, structural (...)
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    Gouldian Arguments and the Sources of Contingency.Alison K. McConwell & Adrian Currie - 2017 - Biology and Philosophy 32 (2):243-261.
    ‘Gouldian arguments’ appeal to the contingency of a scientific domain to establish that domain’s autonomy from some body of theory. For instance, pointing to evolutionary contingency, Stephen Jay Gould suggested that natural selection alone is insufficient to explain life on the macroevolutionary scale. In analysing contingency, philosophers have provided source-independent accounts, understanding how events and processes structure history without attending to the nature of those events and processes. But Gouldian Arguments require source-dependent notions of contingency. An account of contingency is (...)
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    Contingency and Individuality: A Plurality of Evolutionary Individuality Types.Alison K. McConwell - 2017 - Philosophy of Science 84 (5):1104-1116.
    Recently, philosophers have sought to determine the nature of individuals relevant to evolution by natural selection or evolutionary individuals. The Evolutionary Contingency Thesis is a claim about evolution that emphasizes the role of contingency or dependency relations and chance-based factors in how evolution unfolds. In this article, I argue that if we take evolutionary contingency seriously, then we should be pluralists about the types of individuals in selection.
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    Walking the Line: A Tempered View of Contingency and Convergence in Life’s History: Review of Jonathan B. Losos: Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution.Alison K. McConwell - 2019 - Acta Biotheoretica 67 (3):253-264.
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    Otávio Bueno, Ruey-Lin Chen, & Melinda Bonnie Fagan , Individuation, Process, and Scientific Practice, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018, x + 308 pp. [REVIEW]Alison K. McConwell - 2020 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 42 (1):1-4.
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    MAUREEN A. O’MALLEY Philosophy of Microbiology. [REVIEW]Alison K. McConwell - 2016 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (3):931-935.
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    Thomas Pradeu, The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity. Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Alison K. McConwell - 2015 - Philosophy in Review 35 (3):171-173.
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