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

  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},
  volume={37 1},
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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