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Friday, 3 February 2006
Integration or Isolation? Explanation, Pluralism and Sex
Carla Fehr, Iowa State University
12:05 pm, 817R Cathedral of Learning

Abstract:  The biological sciences are rife with explanatory pluralism. For example, there are over 20 different extant explanations for the evolution of sexual reproduction.  Should these different explanations be integrated with one another or isolated from one another?  Thinking about the local epistemologies of scientific communities can help answer this question.  In particular I look at the epistemic context of the integration of individual and group selection explanations for the evolution of sex.

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