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Evolution and the Levels of Selection$
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Samir Okasha

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267972.001.0001

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Philosophical Issues in the Levels‐of‐Selection Debate

Philosophical Issues in the Levels‐of‐Selection Debate

(p.112) 4 Philosophical Issues in the Levels‐of‐Selection Debate
Evolution and the Levels of Selection

Samir Okasha (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter aims to resolve several outstanding philosophical debates over the levels of selection. A number of suggested criteria in the literature for determining the ‘real’ level(s) of selection involving the notions of additivity, screening-off, emergent relations, and emergent properties are assessed in the light of the previous chapters' analysis. The doctrine known as pluralism — which says that there may be ‘no fact of the matter’ about the level(s) at which selection is acting — is critically examined. Finally, the notion of reductionism as it relates to the levels of selection debate is briefly explored.

Keywords:   additivity criterion, emergent characters, emergent relations, screening off, realism, pluralism, broad-sense individualism, reductionism

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