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Publications of Robert N. Brandon    :chronological  alphabetical  combined  bibtex listing:

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  1. with Brandon, RN; Samson, R, Integrating Development and Evolution, edited by Samson, R; Brandon, R (2007), The MIT Press [author's comments].

Papers Published

  1. McShea, DW; Wang, SC; Brandon, RN, A quantitative formulation of biology's first law., Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution, vol. 73 no. 6 (June, 2019), pp. 1101-1115 [doi[abs].
  2. 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 [doi[abs].
  3. Brandon, R; Fleming, L, Drift sometimes dominates selection, and vice versa: A reply to Clatterbuck, Sober and Lewontin, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 29 no. 4 (January, 2014), pp. 577-585, Springer Nature [doi[abs].
  4. Brandon, RN; McShea, DW, Four solutions for four puzzles, edited by K. Sterelny, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 27 no. 5 (September, 2012), pp. 737-744, Springer Nature [doi[abs].
  5. 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, Springer Nature [doi[abs].
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. R.N. Brandon, “A General Case for Functional Pluralism,” in Function: Selection and Mechanisms (ed. by P. Huneman) (2011), Springer.
  9. Brandon, RN, A non-newtonian newtonian model of evolution: The ZFEL view, Philosophy of Science, vol. 77 no. 5 (January, 2010), pp. 702-715, University of Chicago Press [doi[abs].
  10. 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..
  11. Brandon, RN, The difference between selection and drift: A reply to Millstein, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 20 no. 1 (January, 2005), pp. 153-170, Springer Nature [doi[abs].
  12. Brandon, RN, The Units of Selection Revisited: The Modules of Selection, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 14 no. 2 (January, 1999), pp. 167-180, Springer Nature [doi[abs].
  13. Brandon, RN, Does biology have laws? The experimental evidence, Philosophy of Science, vol. 64 no. 4 SUPPL. 1 (January, 1997) [doi[abs].
  14. Brandon, RN, Discussion: Reply to Hitchcock, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 12 no. 4 (January, 1997), pp. 531-538, Springer Nature [doi[abs].
  15. Brandon, RN; Rausher, MD, Testing adaptationism: A comment on Orzack and Sober, The American Naturalist, vol. 148 no. 1 (January, 1996), pp. 189-201, University of Chicago Press [doi].
  16. 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 (January, 1996), pp. 315-337, University of Chicago Press [doi[abs].
  17. Brandon, RN, Theory and experiment in evolutionary biology, Synthese, vol. 99 no. 1 (April, 1994), pp. 59-73, Springer Nature [doi].
  18. 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, Springer Nature [doi].
  19. Mishler, BD; Brandon, RN, Individuality, pluralism, and the phylogenetic species concept, Biology & Philosophy, vol. 2 no. 4 (October, 1987), pp. 397-414, Springer Nature [doi[abs].
  20. 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 [doi[abs].
  21. Brandon, RN, Biological teleology: Questions and explanations, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, vol. 12 no. 2 (January, 1981), pp. 91-105, Elsevier BV [doi[abs].
  22. Brandon, RN, Adaptation and evolutionary theory, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, vol. 9 no. 3 (January, 1978), pp. 181-206, Elsevier BV [doi].

Papers Accepted

  1. Brandon, RN; Nijhout, HF, The Empirical Nonequivalence of Genic and Genotypic Models of Selection: A (Decisive) Refutation of Genic Selectionism and Pluralistic Genic Selectionism, in Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology: Volume I (January, 2017), pp. 383-404 [abs].
  2. Brandon, RN; Rausher, MD, TESTING ADAPTATIONISM: A COMMENT ON ORZACK AND SOBER, in Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology: Volume I (January, 2017), pp. 133-146 [abs].
  3. Brandon, RN; Carson, S, THE INDETERMINISTIC CHARACTER OF EVOLUTIONARY THEORY: NO "NO HIDDEN VARIABLES PROOF" BUT NO ROOM FOR DETERMINISM EITHER, in Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology: Volume I (January, 2017), pp. 213-236 [abs].
  4. Brandon, RN, A general case for functional pluralism, in Functions: Selection and Mechanisms, edited by Huneman, P (January, 2013), pp. 97-104, Springer Netherlands [doi[abs].
  5. Brandon, RN, A General Case for Functional Pluralism, in Synthese Library, vol. 363 (January, 2013), pp. 97-104 [doi[abs].
  6. 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, M I T PRESS.
  7. Brandon, RN, Teleology in self-organizing systems, in Self-Organization and Emergence in Life Sciences (December, 2006), pp. 267-281, Kluwer Academic Publishers [doi[abs].
  8. 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 [abs].

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 [abs].

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