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Adaptationism and Trait Individuation

DiFrisco, James and Ramsey, Grant (2023) Adaptationism and Trait Individuation. Philosophy of Science, 90 (5). pp. 1234-1243.

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Abstract

Adaptationism is often taken to be the thesis that most traits are adaptations. In order to assess this thesis, it seems we must be able to establish either an exhaustive set of all traits or a representative sample of this set. Either task requires a more systematic and principled way of individuating traits than is currently available. Moreover, different trait individuation criteria can make adaptationism turn out true or false. For instance, individuation based on natural selection may render adaptationism true, but may do so by presupposing adaptationism. In this paper, we show how adaptationism depends on trait individuation and that the latter is an open and unsolved problem.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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CreatorsEmailORCID
DiFrisco, Jamesjames.difrisco@gmail.com0000-0001-9600-1013
Ramsey, Grantgrant@theramseylab.org0000-0002-8712-5521
Keywords: Adaptation, adaptationism. trait, individuation, function, selection
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Depositing User: Dr. Grant Ramsey
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2024 20:55
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2024 20:55
Item ID: 22905
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/psa.2023.28
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1017/psa.2023.28
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Date: December 2023
Page Range: pp. 1234-1243
Volume: 90
Number: 5
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22905

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