Publication
Title
Supervenience : its logic and its inferential role in classical genetics
Author
Abstract
Supervenience is mostly conceived of as a purely philosophical concept. Nevertheless, I will argue, it played an important and very fruitful inferential role in classical genetics. Gregor Mendel assumed that phenotypic traits supervene on underlying factors, and this assumption allowed him to successfully predict and explain the phenotypical regularities he had experimentally discovered. Therefore it is interesting to explicate how we reason about supervenience relations. I will tackle the following two questions. Firstly, can a reliable method (a logic) be found for inferring supervenience claims from data? Secondly, can a reliable method (a logic) be found to empirically test supervenience claims? I will answer these questions within the framework of the adaptive logics programme.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Logique et analyse. - Louvain
Publication
Louvain : 2007
ISSN
0024-5836
Volume/pages
198(2007), p. 147-171
ISI
000256588300004
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Publication type
Subject
External links
Web of Science
Record
Identification
Creation 19.02.2014
Last edited 21.03.2017