What is natural selection?
2007 (English)In: Biology & Philosophy, ISSN 0169-3867, E-ISSN 1572-8404, Vol. 22, no 2, 231-246 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
‘Natural selection’ is, it seems, an ambiguous term. It is sometimes held to denote a consequence of variation, heredity, and environment, while at other times as denoting a force that creates adaptations. I argue that the latter, the force interpretation, is a redundant notion of natural selection. I will point to difficulties in making sense of this linguistic practice, and argue that it is frequently at odds with standard interpretations of evolutionary theory. I provide examples to show this; one example involving the relation between adaptations and other traits, and a second involving the relation between selection and drift.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 22, no 2, 231-246 p.
Natural selection, drift, adaptation, force metaphor
Research subject Theoretical Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17144DOI: 10.1007/s10539-005-9008-4ISI: 000245268200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-17144DiVA: diva2:183664