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Explaining Evolutionary Innovations and Novelties: Criteria of Explanatory Adequacy and Epistemological Prerequisites
  • A. Love
  • Philosophy
    Philosophy of Science
  • 1 December 2008
It is a common complaint that antireductionist arguments are primarily negative. Here I describe an alternative nonreductionist epistemology based on considerations taken from multidisciplinary
Functional homology and homology of function: biological concepts and philosophical consequences
TLDR
This analysis of biological concepts provides the grounds for the study of behavior and psychological categories as homologues and demonstrates that philosophers who take selected effect function as primary effectively ignore large portions of comparative, structural, and experimental research, thereby misconstruing biological reasoning and knowledge.
Idealization in evolutionary developmental investigation: a tension between phenotypic plasticity and normal stages
  • A. Love
  • Biology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B…
  • 27 February 2010
TLDR
Two compensatory tactics for mitigating consequences of the phenomenon of plasticity and the practice of staging that have consequences for evolutionary developmental investigation are discussed: employing a diversity of model organisms and adopting alternative periodizations.
Knowing your ancestors: themes in the history of evo‐devo
TLDR
The goal here is to suggest that a different sorting of the key institutional changes that fostered evo-devo as the authors now see it is needed.
Evolutionary Morphology, Innovation, and the Synthesis of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology
TLDR
Functional and evolutionarymorphology are critical for understanding the development of a concept central toevolutionary developmental biology, evolutionary innovation, and highlighting the discipline of morphology and the concepts of innovation and novelty provides an alternative way of conceptualizing theevo and thedevo to be synthesized.
Conceptualizing evolutionary novelty: moving beyond definitional debates.
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It is argued that this diversity should be interpreted in light of a different epistemic role played by the concept of evolutionary novelty-the structuring of a problem space or setting of an explanatory agenda-rather than the concept's capacity to categorize traits as novel.
Interdisciplinary Lessons for the Teaching of Biology from the Practice of Evo-Devo
Evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-devo) is a vibrant area of contemporary life science that should be (and is) increasingly incorporated into teaching curricula. Although the inclusion of this
Typology Reconfigured: From the Metaphysics of Essentialism to the Epistemology of Representation
  • A. Love
  • Philosophy
    Acta biotheoretica
  • 1 June 2009
TLDR
This paper briefly reviews arguments concerning ‘typological thinking’, essentialism, species, and natural kinds, and uses a distinction between the aims, strategies, and tactics of science to suggest how a shift from metaphysics to epistemology might be accomplished.
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