Kin Selection, Group Selection, and the Varieties of Population Structure

  title={Kin Selection, Group Selection, and the Varieties of Population Structure},
  author={Jonathan Birch},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={259 - 286}
  • Jonathan Birch
  • Published 27 April 2017
  • Mathematics
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Various results show the ‘formal equivalence’ of kin and group selectionist methodologies, but this does not preclude there being a real and useful distinction between kin and group selection processes. I distinguish individual- and population-centred approaches to drawing such a distinction, and I proceed to develop the latter. On the account I advance, the differences between kin and group selection are differences of degree in the structural properties of populations. A spatial metaphor (‘K… 
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