The Debate over Inclusive Fitness as a Debate over Methodologies

Hannah Rubin

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This article analyzes the recent debate surrounding inclusive fitness and argues that certain limitations ascribed to it by critics—such as requiring weak selection or providing dynamically insufficient models—are better thought of as limitations of the methodological framework most often used with inclusive fitness (quantitative genetics). In support of this, I show how inclusive fitness can be used with the replicator dynamics (of evolutionary game theory, a methodological framework preferred by inclusive fitness critics). I conclude that much of the debate is best understood as being about the orthogonal issue of using abstract versus idealized models.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1-30
TijdschriftPhilosophy of Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - jan-2018

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