Publications of Robert N. Brandon


  1. with Brandon, RN; Samson, R, Integrating Development and Evolution, edited by Samson, R; Brandon, R (2007), The MIT Press

Papers Published

  1. Fleming, L; Brandon, R, Why flying dogs are rare: A general theory of luck in evolutionary transitions., Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, vol. 49 (February, 2015), pp. 24-31
  2. Brandon, R; Fleming, L, Drift sometimes dominates selection, and vice versa: a reply to Clatterbuck, Sober and Lewontin, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 29 no. 4 (July, 2014), pp. 577-585
  3. Brandon, RN; McShea, DW, Four solutions for four puzzles, edited by K. Sterelny, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 27 no. 5 (2012), pp. 737-744, Springer, ISSN 0169-3867
  4. Ramsey, G; Brandon, R, Why reciprocal altruism is not a kind of group selection, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 26 no. 3 (May, 2011), pp. 385-400, ISSN 0169-3867
  5. R.N. Brandon, “Why Reciprocal Altruism is Not a Kind of Group Selection” (with Grant Ramsey) in Biology and Philosophy, (2011) Vol. 26, 3: 385-400. (2011)
  6. R.N. Brandon, “The Concept of the Environment in Evolutionary Theory,” in The Environment: Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, vol. 9 (ed. By M. O’Rouke and M. Slater) (2011), MIT Press
  7. R.N. Brandon, “A General Case for Functional Pluralism,” in Function: Selection and Mechanisms (ed. by P. Huneman) (2011), Springer
  8. Brandon, RN, A Non-Newtonian Newtonian Model of Evolution: The ZFEL View, Philosophy of Science, vol. 77 no. 5 (December, 2010), pp. 702-715
  9. Brandon, RN, The Principle of Drift: Biology's First Law, The Journal of Philosophy, vol. CII no. 7 (July, 2006), pp. 319-335, The Journal of Philosophy, Inc.
  10. Brandon, RN, The difference between selection and drift: A reply to Millstein, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 20 no. 1 (January, 2005), pp. 153-170
  11. Brandon, RN, The units of selection revisited: The modules of selection, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 14 no. 2 (April, 1999), pp. 167-180
  12. Brandon, RN, Does biology have laws? The experimental evidence, Philosophy of Science, vol. 64 no. 4 SUPPL. 1 (December, 1997)
  13. Brandon, RN, Discussion: Reply to Hitchcock, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 12 no. 4 (December, 1997), pp. 531-538
  14. Brandon, RN; Carson, S, The indeterministic character of evolutionary theory: No ''no hidden variables proof'' but no room for determinism either, Philosophy of Science, vol. 63 no. 3 (September, 1996), pp. 315-337
  15. Brandon, RN; Rausher, MD, Testing adaptationism: A comment on Orzack and Sober, American Naturalist, vol. 148 no. 1 (1996), pp. 189-201
  16. BRANDON, R, THEORY AND EXPERIMENT IN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, Synthese, vol. 99 no. 1 (April, 1994), pp. 59-73
  17. Mishler, BD; Brandon, RN, Sex and the individuality of species: A response to Ghiselin, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 4 no. 1 (January, 1989), pp. 77-79
  18. Mishler, BD; Brandon, RN, Individuality, pluralism, and the phylogenetic species concept, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 2 no. 4 (October, 1987), pp. 397-414
  19. Brandon, RN; Hornstein, N, From icons to symbols: Some speculations on the origins of language, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 1 no. 2 (June, 1986), pp. 169-189
  20. BRANDON, R, BIOLOGICAL TELEOLOGY - QUESTIONS AND EXPLANATIONS, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, vol. 12 no. 2 (1981), pp. 91-105
  21. Brandon, RN, Adaptation and evolutionary theory, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, vol. 9 no. 3 (September, 1978), pp. 181-206

Papers Accepted

  1. Brandon, RN, A General Case for Functional Pluralism, in Function: Selection and Mechanisms, edited by Huneman, P (2011), Springer
  2. Brandon, RN, The Concept of the Environment in Evolutionary Theory, in The Environment: Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, edited by O'rourke, M; Slater, M, vol. 9 (2011), pp. 19-35, MIT Press, ISBN 9780262017404
  3. Brandon, RN, Teleology in self-organizing systems, in Self-Organization and Emergence in Life Sciences (December, 2006), pp. 267-281, ISBN 1402039166
  4. with Brandon, RN; Ramsey, G, What’s Wrong with the Emergentist Statistical Interpretation of Natural Selection and Random Drift, in The Cambridge Companion to Philosophy of Biology, edited by Ruse, M; Hull, D (2006), Cambridge University Press

Papers Submitted

  1. with Grant Ramsey, Toward a Pluralistic Account of Altruism: Why Reciprical Alturism is Not a Kind of Group Selection, Philosophy of Science (2006), Philosophy of Science Association