A gene’s eye view of Darwinian populations
- First Online:
- Cite this article as:
- Queller, D.C. Biol Philos (2011) 26: 905. doi:10.1007/s10539-010-9241-3
- 224 Downloads
Biologists and philosophers differ on whether selection should be analyzed at the level of the gene or of the individual. In Peter Godfrey-Smith’s book, Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, he argues that individuals can be good members of Darwinian populations, whereas genes rarely can. I take issue with parts of this view, and suggest that Godfrey-Smith’s scheme for thinking about Darwinian populations is also applicable to populations of genes.