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Evo-Devo: A Science of Dispositions

Austin, Christopher J. (2016) Evo-Devo: A Science of Dispositions. [Preprint]

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Evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) represents a paradigm shift in the understanding of the ontogenesis and evolutionary progression of the denizens of the natural world. Given the empirical successes of the evo-devo framework, and its now widespread acceptance, a timely and important task for the philosophy of biology is to critically discern the ontological commitments of that framework and assess whether and to what extent our current metaphysical models are able to accommodate them. In this paper, I argue that one particular model is a natural fit: an ontology of dispositional properties coherently and adequately captures the crucial casual-cum-explanatory role that the fundamental elements of evo-devo play within that framework.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Austin, Christopher J.Christopherja@gmail.com0000-0003-3283-204X
Keywords: philosophy of biology; dispositions; evolutionary-developmental biology; ontology
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Dr. Christopher J. Austin
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2016 22:58
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2016 22:58
Item ID: 12651
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13194-01...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-016-0166-9
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
General Issues > Causation
Date: 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12651

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