Is Phylogeny Recapitulating Ontogeny?

  • Susan Oyama
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 130)


There are three things I would like to accomplish in these comments. First, I would like to mention some of the larger issues addressed by Stuart Kauffnan’s work. They are related to important questions in other fields; pointing out the relationships could be useful for finding the kinds of interdisciplinary connections to which this conference is devoted. Second, I will describe my own perspective on Kauffman’s work; my interests are basically conceptual, not technical. Finally, I want to draw some parallels between arguments about phylogenetic and ontogenetic origins; these parallels cast additional light of Kauffman’s endeavors.


Natural Selection Evolutionary Origin Internal Constraint Developmental Constraint Proper Appreciation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Oyama
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  1. 1.CUNYNew YorkUSA

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