The recent literature in Philosophy; of biology has drawn attention to the different sorts of explanations proffered in the biological sciences--we have molecular, biomedical, and evolutionary explanations. Do these explanations all have a common structure or relation that they seek to capture? This paper will answer in the negative. I defend a pluralistic and pragmatic approach to explanation. Using examples from classical population genetics, I argue that formal demonstrations, and even strictly "mathematical truths" may serve as explanatory in different historical contexts.
University of Chicago Press
Biology, Philosophy;; Explanation; Genetics; Life sciences; Population genetics; Science
Philosophy; and science; Biology
Plutynski, A. (2004). Explanation in Classical population genetics. Philosophy; of Science, Proceedings, 71(5), 1201-14.