Levels of selection are artefacts of different fitness temporal measures

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In this paper I argue against the claim, recently put forward by some philosophers of biology and evolutionary biologists, that there can be two or more ontologically distinct levels of selection. I show by comparing the fitness of individuals with that of collectives of individuals in the same environment and over the same period of time - as required to decide if one or more levels of selection is acting in a population - that the selection of collectives is a by-product of selection at the individual level; thus, talking about two or more levels of selection represents merely a different perspective on one and the same process.(1)

LanguageEnglish
Pages40-50
Number of pages11
JournalRatio
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Levels of selection are artefacts of different fitness temporal measures. / Bourrat, Pierrick.

In: Ratio, Vol. 28, No. 1, 03.2015, p. 40-50.

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