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Mechanistic models of population-level phenomena

Matthewson, Oliver John; Calcott, Brett

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This paper is about mechanisms and models, and how they interact. In part, it is a response to recent discussion in philosophy of biology regarding whether natural selection is a mechanism. We suggest that this debate is indicative of a more general problem that occurs when scientists produce mechanistic models of populations and their behaviour. We can make sense of claims that there are mechanisms that drive population-level phenomena such as macroeconomics, natural selection, ecology, and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/68706
Source: Biology and Philosophy
DOI: 10.1007/s10539-011-9277-z

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