Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 281–293

Wimsatt and the robustness family: Review of Wimsatt’s Re-engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings

Review Essay

DOI: 10.1007/s10539-010-9202-x

Cite this article as:
Calcott, B. Biol Philos (2011) 26: 281. doi:10.1007/s10539-010-9202-x


This review of Wimsatt’s book “Re-engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings” focuses on analysing his use of robustness, a central theme in the book. I outline a family of three distinct conceptions of robustness that appear in the book, and look at the different roles they play. I briefly examine what underwrites robustness, and suggest that further work is needed to clarify both the structure of robustness and the relation between it various conceptions.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy Program, RSSS and Centre for Macroevolution & MacroecologyAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia