• Paul Griffiths
Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 11)


The papers in this volume are a selection of those presented at the Philosophical Problems in Evolutionary Biology conference, held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in August 1990. The occasion for this conference was a visit to Otago by Elliott Sober. Sobets work has had a major influence on the philosophy of biology, and his visit was an ideal opportunity to bring together interested philosophers and biologists from all over New Zealand. Having organised a conference to coincide with Sobets visit, we were fortunate enough to attract a number of other overseas speakers, some of whose papers appear in this volume, together with Sober’s and those of local speakers.


Developmental System Developmental Constraint Fitness Difference Adaptive Explanation Developmental System Theorist 
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  • Paul Griffiths
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  1. 1.DunedinNew Zealand

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