Title

Heritability and indirect causation

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Philosophy of Science

Publication Date

12-1-2003

Volume

70

Issue

5

First Page

1002

Last Page

1014

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1086/377384

Print ISSN

00318248

E-ISSN

1539767X

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Recommended Citation

Sesardic, N. (2003). Heritability and indirect causation. Philosophy of Science, 70(5), 1002-1014. doi: 10.1086/377384