Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 517–544

Critical Notice: Cycles of Contingency – Developmental Systems and Evolution

Authors

    • Department of Philosophy and Center for Population BiologyUniversity of California
  • Matthew H. Haber
    • Department of Philosophy and Center for Population BiologyUniversity of California
  • Grant Yamashita
    • Population Biology Graduate Group and Center for Population BiologyUniversity of California
  • Lisa Gannett
    • Department of PhilosophySaint Mary's College
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10539-004-0836-4

Cite this article as:
Griesemer, J., Haber, M., Yamashita, G. et al. Biol Philos (2005) 20: 517. doi:10.1007/s10539-004-0836-4

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 modulationDevelopmental systems theoryExtended heredityEpigenetic inheritanceHoyle criteria

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