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

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posted on 2014-04-07, 02:17 authored by Charles PenceCharles 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.