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Three Kinds of Niche Construction

Aaby, Bendik and Ramsey, Grant (2019) Three Kinds of Niche Construction. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. ISSN 1464-3537

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Abstract

Niche construction theory concerns how organisms can change selection pressures by altering the feature–factor relationship between themselves and their environment. These alterations are standardly understood to be brought about through two kinds of organism–environment interaction: perturbative and relocational niche construction. We argue that a reconceptualization is needed on the grounds that if a niche is understood as the feature–factor relationship, then there are three fundamental ways in which organisms can engage in niche construction: constitutive, relational, and external niche construction. We further motivate our reconceptualization by showing some examples of organismic activities which fall outside of the current categorization of niche construction, but nonetheless should be included. We end by discussing two objections to niche construction and show how our reconceptualization helps to undercut these objections.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Aaby, Bendikbendik.h.aaby@gmail.com0000-0003-2911-1305
Ramsey, Grantgrant@theramseylab.org0000-0002-8712-5521
Keywords: niche construction, evolutionary theory, ecology, natural selection, fitness, environment, organism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Depositing User: Dr. Grant Ramsey
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2019 03:13
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2019 03:13
Item ID: 16718
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axz054
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axz054
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Date: 5 December 2019
ISSN: 1464-3537
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16718

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