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John beatty evolutionary contingency thesis proposal

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First Online: 27 September 2009 Received: 02 April 2009 Accepted: 02 September 2009

Cite this article as: Morgan, G.J. Biol Philos (2010) 25: 379. doi:10.1007/s10539-009-9181-y

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Abstract

In this paper, I argue against John Beatty’s position in his paper “The Evolutionary Contingency Thesis” by counterexample. Beatty argues that there are no distinctly biological laws because the outcomes of the evolutionary processes are contingent. I argue that the heart of the Caspar–Klug theory of virus structure—that spherical virus capsids consist of 60T subunits (where T = k 2 + hk + h 2 and h and k are integers)—is a distinctly biological law even if the existence of spherical viruses is evolutionarily contingent.

Keywords

Scientific laws Laws of biology Laws of design Virology Contingency Degrees of necessity Adaptationism Biological design Stephen Jay Gould

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