Discussion: Reply to Hitchcock


Journal Article

Christopher Hitchcock's discussion of my use of screening-off in analyzing the causal process of natural selection raises some interesting issues to which I am pleased to reply. The bulk of his article is devoted to some fairly general points in the theory of explanation. In particular, he questions whether or not my point that phenotype screens off genotype from reproductive success (in cases of organismic selection) supports my claim that the explanation of differential reproductive success should be in terms of phenotypic differences, not genotypic differences. I will respond to this and show why the two supposed counter-examples to my position fail.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brandon, RN

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 531 - 538

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-3867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1006576129655

Citation Source

  • Scopus