Chance in Evolutionary Theory: Fitness, Selection, and Genetic Drift in Philosophical and Historical Perspective

2014-04-07T02:17:42Z (GMT) by Charles Pence

Discussions of the foundations of evolutionary theory -- especially natural selection, fitness, and genetic drift -- are saturated with terms referring to various kinds of chance, stochasticity, randomness, unpredictability, and so forth. This dissertation examines these uses of chance in philosophical and historical perspective.