Critical Notice: Cycles of Contingency – Developmental Systems and Evolution

@article{Griesemer2005CriticalNC,
  title={Critical Notice: Cycles of Contingency – Developmental Systems and Evolution},
  author={James Griesemer and Matthew H. Haber and Grant Yamashita and Lisa Gannett},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={2005},
  volume={20},
  pages={517-544}
}
The themes, problems and challenges of developmental systems theory as described in Cycles of Contingency are discussed. We argue in favor of a robust approach to philosophical and scientific problems of extended heredity and the integration of behavior, development, inheritance, and evolution. Problems with Sterelny's proposal to evaluate inheritance systems using his `Hoyle criteria' are discussed and critically evaluated. Additional support for a developmental systems perspective is sought… 
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