The Confusions of Fitness

  title={The Confusions of Fitness},
  author={Andr{\'e} Ariew and Richard C. Lewontin},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={347 - 363}
  • A. AriewR. Lewontin
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • Biology
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
The central point of this essay is to demonstrate the incommensurability of ‘Darwinian fitness’ with the numeric values associated with reproductive rates used in population genetics. While sometimes both are called ‘fitness’, they are distinct concepts coming from distinct explanatory schemes. Further, we try to outline a possible answer to the following question: from the natural properties of organisms and a knowledge of their environment, can we construct an algorithm for a particular kind… 

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