Should We Ask for More Than Consistency of Darwinism With Mendelism? – Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences – article

Should We Ask for More Than Consistency of Darwinism With Mendelism?

Alan Grafen | Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

2019-10-15

A nonmathematical exposition of the current status of the formal darwinism project is presented, linking it to the fundamental theorem of natural selection, which is regarded as Fisher’s own ‘formal darwinism project’. The purpose is to found organism-level thinking about design and adaptation, in short Darwinism, on what is known about the mechanics of genetic inheritance, in short Mendelism, and the project is to do so in as general a biological setting as possible. This view also makes sense of the name ‘fundamental theorem of natural selection’.

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