Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 813–835 | Cite as

Righteous modeling: the competence of classical population genetics

  • Peter Gildenhuys
Original Research


In a recent article, “Wayward Modeling: Population Genetics and Natural Selection,” Bruce Glymour claims that population genetics is burdened by serious predictive and explanatory inadequacies and that the theory itself is to blame. Because Glymour overlooks a variety of formal modeling techniques in population genetics, his arguments do not quite undermine a major scientific theory. However, his arguments are extremely valuable as they provide definitive proof that those who would deploy classical population genetics over natural systems must do so with careful attention to interactions between individual population members and environmental causes. Glymour’s arguments have deep implications for causation in classical population genetics.


Natural selection Population genetics Fitness Causation Evolutionary theory 



Thanks to an anonymous referee for many helpful comments that greatly improved the quality of the paper. Thanks also to Gillian Barker for one single extremely helpful suggestion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lafayette CollegeEastonUSA

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