Explanation in classical population genetics

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Plutynski, Anya
Title Explanation in classical population genetics
Date 2005-12
Description The recent literature in Philosophy; of biology has drawn attention to the different sorts of explanations proffered in the biological sciences--we have molecular, biomedical, and evolutionary explanations. Do these explanations all have a common structure or relation that they seek to capture? This paper will answer in the negative. I defend a pluralistic and pragmatic approach to explanation. Using examples from classical population genetics, I argue that formal demonstrations, and even strictly "mathematical truths," may serve as explanatory in different historical contexts.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Volume 71
Issue 5
First Page 1201
Last Page 1214
Subject Biology, Philosophy;; Explanation; Genetics; Life sciences; Population genetics; Science
Subject LCSH Philosophy; and science; Biology
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Plutynski, A. (2004). Explanation in Classical population genetics. Philosophy; of Science, Proceedings, 71(5), 1201-14.
Rights Management (c) 2004 by University of Chicago Press http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/loi/phos
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6891qc3
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