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Scaffold: A Causal Concept for Evolutionary Explanations

Neto, Celso and Meynell, Letitia (2022) Scaffold: A Causal Concept for Evolutionary Explanations. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The concept of scaffold is widespread in science and increasingly common in evolutionary biology (Chiu and Gilbert 2015; Love and Wimsatt 2019; Black et al. 2020). While this concept figures in causal explanations, it is far from clear what scaffolds are and what role they play in those explanations (Charbonneau 2015). Here we present evolutionary scaffolding explanation as a distinct type of explanatory strategy, distinguishing it from other types of causal explanation in evolutionary biology. By doing so, we clarify the meaning of “scaffold” as a causal concept and its potential contribution to accounts of evolutionary novelty and major transitions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Neto, CelsoC.Alves-Neto@exeter.ac.uk
Meynell, LetitiaLetitia.Meynell@dal.ca
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Celso Neto
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2022 15:42
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 15:42
Item ID: 21409
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21409

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