What was Fisher's fundamental theorem of natural selection and what was it for?

@article{Plutynski2006WhatWF,
  title={What was Fisher's fundamental theorem of natural selection and what was it for?},
  author={Anya Plutynski},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={37 1},
  pages={
          59-82
        }
}
  • Anya Plutynski
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
  • Fisher's 'fundamental theorem of natural selection' is notoriously abstract, and, no less notoriously, many take it to be false. In this paper, I explicate the theorem, examine the role that it played in Fisher's general project for biology, and analyze why it was so very fundamental for Fisher. I defend and Lessard (1997) in the view that the theorem is in fact a true theorem if, as Fisher claimed, 'the terms employed' are 'used strictly as defined' (1930, p. 38). Finally, I explain the role… CONTINUE READING

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