Forces, friction, and fractionation: Denis Walsh’s Organisms, agency, and evolution (With Adrian Currie)

 

Biology and Philosophy (forthcoming)

Open Access

Abstract

In Denis Walsh’s Organisms, Agency, and Evolution, he argues that new developments in the science of biology motivate a radical change to our metaphysical picture of life: what he calls ‘Situated Darwinism’. The central claim is that we should take the biological world to be at base about organisms, and organisms in a fundamentally teleological sense. We critically examine Walsh’s arguments and suggest further developments.