Adaptationism and trait individuation

This submission has open access
Submission Summary
Adaptationism is often taken to be the thesis that most traits are adaptations. In order to assess this thesis, it seems we must be able to establish either an exhaustive set of all traits or a representative sample of this set. Either task requires a more systematic and principled way of individuating traits than is currently available. Moreover, different criteria of trait individuation can make adaptationism turn out true or false, and criteria based on selection may presuppose adaptationism. In this paper, we show that adaptationism depends on trait individuation and that the latter is an open and unsolved problem.
Submission ID :
Submission Type

Associated Sessions

Similar Abstracts by Type

Submission ID
Submission Title
Submission Topic
Submission Type
Primary Author
Philosophy of Biology - ecology
Contributed Papers
Dr. Katie Morrow
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Contributed Papers
Vincenzo Crupi
Confirmation and Evidence
Contributed Papers
Dr. Matthew Joss
Confirmation and Evidence
Contributed Papers
Mr. Adrià Segarra
Contributed Papers
Ms. Haomiao Yu
Formal Epistemology
Contributed Papers
Dr. Veronica Vieland
Decision Theory
Contributed Papers
Ms. Xin Hui Yong
Formal Epistemology
Contributed Papers
Peter Lewis
180 visits