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Biology Meets Metaphysics? The Causalist/Statisticalist Debate

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Over the last decade, intense debate in the philosophy of biology community has focused on the causal status of the theories of natural selection and genetic drift, and two standard positions have crystallized – the “causalist” and “statisticalist”
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  University of Notre DameProgram in the History and Philosophy of ScienceDepartment of Philosophy Biology Meets Metaphysics? The Causalist/Statisticalist Debate PhiloSTEM-3, April 14, 2012 Charles H. Pence charles@charlespence.net  The Big Picture • A large and contested debate in the philosophy of biology  The Big Picture • A large and contested debate in the philosophy of biology • Two factual goals: • What’s it about, and what’s the common ground?  The Big Picture • A large and contested debate in the philosophy of biology • Two factual goals: • What’s it about, and what’s the common ground? • What’s really at stake?  The Big Picture • A large and contested debate in the philosophy of biology • Two factual goals: • What’s it about, and what’s the common ground? • What’s really at stake? • Two normative claims: • The debate has focused on ageneral metaphysical issuethat isneither more readily solvedin the biological contextnor sheds new lighton biological questions
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