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Title: Pluralism, realism and the units of selection
Contributor(s): Boucher, Sandy C  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020
Early Online Version: 2020-03-17
DOI: 10.1080/02580136.2019.1706384
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Abstract: I consider two attempts to combine realism with pluralism about the units of selection: Sober and Wilson’s combination of “model” and “unit” pluralism, and Sterelny and Griffiths’ “local pluralism”. I argue that both of these attempts fail to show that realism and pluralism are compatible. Sober and Wilson’s pluralism turns out, on closer inspection, to be a kind of monism in disguise, while Sterelny and Griffiths’ local pluralism involves a combination of realism and anti-realism about interactors, and the units of selection, that is fundamentally unstable. My conclusion is that one must choose whether to be a realist or a pluralist in this area: one cannot be both. The question of which we should choose is a further question that I do not take a stand on.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: South African Journal of Philosophy, 39(1), p. 47-62
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2073-4867
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 220206 History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 500317 Philosophy of science (excl. history and philosophy of specific fields)
500204 History and philosophy of science
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280119 Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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