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On Geometric Mean Fitness: a reply to Takacs and Bourrat

Autzen, Bengt and Okasha, Samir (2022) On Geometric Mean Fitness: a reply to Takacs and Bourrat. [Preprint]

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In a recent paper, Takacs and Bourrat (2022) examine the use of geometric mean reproductive output as a measure of biological fitness. We welcome Takacs and Bourrat’s scrutiny of a fitness definition that some philosophers have adopted
uncritically. We also welcome Takacs and Bourrat’s attempt to marry the philosophical literature on fitness with the biological literature on mathematical measures of fitness. However, some of the main claims made by Takacs and Bourrat are not correct, while others are correct but not for the reasons they give.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Autzen, Bengtbengt.autzen@ucc.ie
Okasha, SamirSamir.Okasha@bristol.ac.uk
Additional Information: forthcoming in Biology and Philosophy
Keywords: evolution, fitness, natural selection, geometric mean principle
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Depositing User: Dr Samir Okasha
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2022 18:08
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2022 18:08
Item ID: 20884
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Date: 12 July 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20884

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