Heritability and indirect causation


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Genetic differences can lead to phenotypic differences either directly or indirectly (via causing differences in external environments, which then affect phenotype). This possibility of genetic effects being mediated by environmental influences is often used by scientists and philosophers to argue that heritability is not a very helpful causal or explanatory notion. In this paper it is shown that these criticisms are based on serious misconceptions about methods of behavior genetics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1002-1014
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003

Bibliographical note

Paper presented at the 18th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy-of-Science-Association, Nov 07-09, 2002, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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