What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology?

Ferreira Ruiz M (2021)
Acta Biotheoretica 69(4): 821–839.

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The concept of causal specificity is drawing considerable attention from philosophers of biology. It became the rationale for rejecting (and occasionally, accepting) a thesis of causal parity of developmental factors. This literature assumes that attributing specificity to causal relations is at least in principle a straightforward (if not systematic) task. However, the parity debate in philosophy of biology seems to be stuck at a point where it is not the biological details that will help move forward. In this paper, I take a step back to reexamine the very idea of causal specificity and its intended role in the parity dispute in philosophy of biology. I contend that the idea of causal specificity across variations as currently discussed in the literature is irreducibly twofold in nature: it is about two independent components that are not mutually entailed. I show this to be the source of prior complications with the notion of specificity itself that ultimately affect the purposes for which it is often invoked, notably to settle the parity dispute.
Stichworte
Causal parity thesis; Causal specificity; Causal selection; Genetic; causation; Fine-grained control
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Acta Biotheoretica
Band
69
Ausgabe
4
Seite(n)
821–839
ISSN
0001-5342
eISSN
1572-8358
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Ferreira Ruiz M. What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology? Acta Biotheoretica. 2021;69(4):821–839.
Ferreira Ruiz, M. (2021). What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology? Acta Biotheoretica, 69(4), 821–839. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10441-021-09419-x
Ferreira Ruiz, Maria. 2021. “What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology?”. Acta Biotheoretica 69 (4): 821–839.
Ferreira Ruiz, M. (2021). What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology? Acta Biotheoretica 69, 821–839.
Ferreira Ruiz, M., 2021. What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology? Acta Biotheoretica, 69(4), p 821–839.
M. Ferreira Ruiz, “What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology?”, Acta Biotheoretica, vol. 69, 2021, pp. 821–839.
Ferreira Ruiz, M.: What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology? Acta Biotheoretica. 69, 821–839 (2021).
Ferreira Ruiz, Maria. “What is Causal Specificity About, and What is it Good for in Philosophy of Biology?”. Acta Biotheoretica 69.4 (2021): 821–839.
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