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Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 517-544

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Critical Notice: Cycles of Contingency – Developmental Systems and Evolution

  • James GriesemerAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy and Center for Population Biology, University of California Email author 
  • , Matthew H. HaberAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy and Center for Population Biology, University of California
  • , Grant YamashitaAffiliated withPopulation Biology Graduate Group and Center for Population Biology, University of California
  • , Lisa GannettAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Saint Mary's College

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Abstract

The themes, problems and challenges of developmental systems theory as described in Cycles of Contingency are discussed. We argue in favor of a robust approach to philosophical and scientific problems of extended heredity and the integration of behavior, development, inheritance, and evolution. Problems with Sterelny's proposal to evaluate inheritance systems using his `Hoyle criteria' are discussed and critically evaluated. Additional support for a developmental systems perspective is sought in evolutionary studies of performance and behavior modulation of fitness.

Keywords

Behavior modulation Developmental systems theory Extended heredity Epigenetic inheritance Hoyle criteria