Strategies of model building in population genetics

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Plutynski, Anya
Title Strategies of model building in population genetics
Date 2006
Description In 1966, Richard Levins argued that there are different strategies in model building in population biology. In this paper, I reply to Orzack and Sober's (1993) critiques of Levins and argue that his view on modeling strategies apply also in the context of evolutionary genetics. In particular, I argue that there are different ways in which models are used to ask and answer questions about the dynamics of evolutionary change, prospectively and retrospectively, in classical versus molecular evolutionary genetics. Further, I argue that robustness analysis is a tool for, if not confirmation, then something near enough, in this discipline.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press - Journals
Volume 73
Issue 5
First Page 755
Last Page 764
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Plutynksi, A. (2006). Strategies of model building in population genetics. Philosophy; of Science, 73(5), 755-64.
Rights Management (c) University of Chicago Press
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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