Item description for Genes - Just How Important Are They? - Weighing the Causal Importance of Genes and Environment in Development by Terence Sullivan...
Amongst the general population it is widely held that it is possible to say how much of a characteristic is due to nature and how much is due to nurture. The thought in the background here is that some causes are more important than others. However, there is a longstanding consensus within biology that such talk is in fact meaningless. So what is going on here? One answer is that talk of causal importance should be understood in non-causal terms. I consider three possibilities of how this might be done. The second answer is that despite the consensus it is possible to weigh causes. I explore five attempts utilizing the notions of information, limit setting, causal depth (both as necessity and priority), and invariance and insensitivity. Ultimately none of these attempts succeed. However, I argue that it is possible to answer a similar but separate question, namely, how much difference genes/the environment make to a characteristic. The account offered is the first book-length philosophical treatment of whether it is possible to weigh the causes of development and it will be of interest to philosophers of biology and philosophers more generally.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 26, 2008
Publisher VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K.
ISBN 3836459175 ISBN13 9783836459174
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