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How Darwinian Reductionism Refutes Genetic Determinism

in Darwinian Reductionism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226727295
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226727318 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.003.0009
How Darwinian Reductionism Refutes Genetic Determinism

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This chapter considers the subject of genetic determinism. Since the eagerness to refute the thesis motivates so much of the resistance to reductionism about biology, it is truly ironic that the strongest argument against the thesis rests on evidence we would never have acquired but for pursuit of the reductionistic research program of molecular genetics. The chapter concludes this book's articulation and defense of Darwinian reductionism by showing exactly how its research program makes genetic determinism untenable even for its paradigm cases, the so-called inborn errors of metabolism.

Keywords: genetic determinism; molecular genetics; biology; Darwinian reductionism; metabolism

Chapter.  7603 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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