If you've been around recent philosophy of biology, you've probably at least occasionally bumped into a debate about the causal efficacy of natural selection. On the one side, you have those who argue that selection is a probabilistic causal process, and on the other, that it is nothing more than a statistical effect, with the causal action happening at other more fundamental, levels. Here I take a shot at rethinking this debate, which has shown some unfortunate tendencies to stagnate lately. 2/
I try to disentangle some related questions and extract one particular cluster of them, surrounding the causal structure of selection. I think doing so makes the debate clearer, gives us a smaller set of problems on which to intervene, and can helpfully put us in dialogue with some neighboring areas in the philosophy of science. If you're interested in the debate, check it out! 3/3
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