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The Roles of Mathematics in Evolutionary Theory

By: Jun Otsuka(Author)
75 pages
The Roles of Mathematics in Evolutionary Theory
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  • The Roles of Mathematics in Evolutionary Theory ISBN: 9781108727853 Paperback Oct 2019 Out of stock: Usually dispatched within 5 days
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The central role of mathematical modeling in modern evolutionary theory has raised a concern as to why and how abstract formulae can say anything about empirical phenomena of evolution. This Element introduces existing philosophical approaches to this problem and proposes a new account according to which evolutionary models are based on causal, and not just mathematical, assumptions. The novel account features causal models both as the Humean "uniform nature" underlying evolutionary induction and as the organizing framework that integrates mathematical and empirical assumptions into a cohesive network of beliefs that functions together to achieve epistemic goals of evolutionary biology.


1. Math for Evolution: Holy Grail or Poisoned Chalice?
2. The Received View
3. The Statisticalist Controversy
4. Beyond Dualism
5. Causal Foundations of Evolutionary Theory
6. Conclusion

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By: Jun Otsuka(Author)
75 pages
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