The return of the replicator : what is philosophically significant in a general account of replication and selectionThe return of the replicator : what is philosophically significant in a general account of replication and selection
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Biology and philosophy. - Dordrecht
17(2002):1, p. 109-121
The aim of this paper is to outline a typologyof selection processes, and show that differentsub-categories have different explanatorypower. The basis of this typology of selectionprocesses is argued to be the difference ofreplication processes involved in them. Inorder to show this, I argue that: 1.Replication is necessary for selection and 2.Different types of replication lead todifferent types of selection. Finally, it isargued that this typology is philosophicallysignificant, since it contrasts cases ofselection (on the basis of the replicationprocesses involved in them) whereby selectioncauses adaptation and, therefore, can beused in explanations of the (real or apparent)teleology of Nature and cases in whichselection lacks such explanatory power.