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The Debate over Inclusive Fitness as a Debate over Methodologies

Rubin, Hannah (2018) The Debate over Inclusive Fitness as a Debate over Methodologies. Philosophy of Science, 85 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2365-4228

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the recent debate surrounding inclusive fitness and argues that certain limitations ascribed to it by critics -- such as requiring weak selection or providing dynamically insufficient models -- are better thought of as limitations of the methodological framework most often used with inclusive fitness (quantitative genetics). In support of this, I show how inclusive fitness can be used with the replicator dynamics (of evolutionary game theory, a methodological framework preferred by inclusive fitness critics). I conclude that much of the debate is best understood as being about the orthogonal issue of using abstract versus idealized models.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Rubin, Hannahhannahr@uci.edu
Keywords: Philosophy of Biology, Evolutionary Game Theory, Evolutionary Models, Inclusive Fitness Theory, Social Evolution
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr Hannah Rubin
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 13:37
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 13:37
Item ID: 15962
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1086/694809
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: January 2018
Page Range: pp. 1-10
Volume: 85
Number: 1
ISSN: 2365-4228
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15962

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