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Cooperation in a Complex World: The Role of Proximate Factors in Ultimate Explanations

Sterelny, Kim


Mayr�s distinction between proximate and ultimate explanation is justly famous, marking out a division of explanatory labor in biology. But while it is a useful heuristic in many cases, there are others in which proximate factors play an important role in shaping evolutionary trajectories, and in such cases, each project is sensitive to, and relevant to, the other. This general methodological claim is developed in the context of a discussion of human cooperation, and in particular, in a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Theory
DOI: 10.1007/s13752-012-0069-8
Access Rights: Open Access


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