King's College London

Research portal

Homology across inheritance systems

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Standard

Homology across inheritance systems. / Powell, Russell; Shea, Nicholas.

In: BIOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY, Vol. 29, No. 6, 11.2014, p. 781-806.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Harvard

Powell, R & Shea, N 2014, 'Homology across inheritance systems', BIOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 781-806. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-014-9433-3

APA

Powell, R., & Shea, N. (2014). Homology across inheritance systems. BIOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY, 29(6), 781-806. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-014-9433-3

Vancouver

Powell R, Shea N. Homology across inheritance systems. BIOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY. 2014 Nov;29(6):781-806. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-014-9433-3

Author

Powell, Russell ; Shea, Nicholas. / Homology across inheritance systems. In: BIOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY. 2014 ; Vol. 29, No. 6. pp. 781-806.

Bibtex Download

@article{0b740f3aa9fb4cddbb6dac0f5e195f9a,
title = "Homology across inheritance systems",
abstract = "Recent work on inheritance systems can be divided into inclusive conceptions, according to which genetic and non-genetic inheritance are both involved in the development and transmission of nearly all animal behavioral traits, and more demanding conceptions of what it takes for non-genetic resources involved in development to qualify as a distinct inheritance system. It might be thought that, if a more stringent conception is adopted, homologies could not subsist across two distinct inheritance systems. Indeed, it is commonly assumed that homology relations cannot survive a shift between genetic and cultural inheritance systems, and substantial reliance has been placed on that assumption in debates over the phylogenetic origins of hominin behavioral traits, such as male-initiated intergroup aggression. However, in the homology literature it is widely accepted that a trait can be homologous—that is, inherited continuously in two different lineages from a single common ancestor—despite divergence in the mechanisms involved in the trait{\textquoteright}s development in the two lineages. In this paper, we argue that even on an extremely stringent understanding of what it takes for developmental resources to form a separate inheritance system, homologies can nonetheless subsist across shifts between distinct inheritance systems. We argue that this result is a merit of this way of characterizing what it is to be an inheritance system, that it has implications for adjudicating between alternative accounts of homology, and that it offers an important cautionary lesson about how (not) to reason with the homology concept, particularly in the context of cultural species. ",
keywords = "Inheritance system, Homology, Genetic inheritance, Cultural inheritance, Genetic assimilation, Genetic accommodation",
author = "Russell Powell and Nicholas Shea",
note = "Biology and Philosophy (Springer) permits uploading of final edited version (but not published pdf)",
year = "2014",
month = nov,
doi = "10.1007/s10539-014-9433-3",
language = "English",
volume = "29",
pages = "781--806",
journal = "BIOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY",
issn = "0169-3867",
publisher = "Springer Netherlands",
number = "6",

}

RIS (suitable for import to EndNote) Download

TY - JOUR

T1 - Homology across inheritance systems

AU - Powell, Russell

AU - Shea, Nicholas

N1 - Biology and Philosophy (Springer) permits uploading of final edited version (but not published pdf)

PY - 2014/11

Y1 - 2014/11

N2 - Recent work on inheritance systems can be divided into inclusive conceptions, according to which genetic and non-genetic inheritance are both involved in the development and transmission of nearly all animal behavioral traits, and more demanding conceptions of what it takes for non-genetic resources involved in development to qualify as a distinct inheritance system. It might be thought that, if a more stringent conception is adopted, homologies could not subsist across two distinct inheritance systems. Indeed, it is commonly assumed that homology relations cannot survive a shift between genetic and cultural inheritance systems, and substantial reliance has been placed on that assumption in debates over the phylogenetic origins of hominin behavioral traits, such as male-initiated intergroup aggression. However, in the homology literature it is widely accepted that a trait can be homologous—that is, inherited continuously in two different lineages from a single common ancestor—despite divergence in the mechanisms involved in the trait’s development in the two lineages. In this paper, we argue that even on an extremely stringent understanding of what it takes for developmental resources to form a separate inheritance system, homologies can nonetheless subsist across shifts between distinct inheritance systems. We argue that this result is a merit of this way of characterizing what it is to be an inheritance system, that it has implications for adjudicating between alternative accounts of homology, and that it offers an important cautionary lesson about how (not) to reason with the homology concept, particularly in the context of cultural species.

AB - Recent work on inheritance systems can be divided into inclusive conceptions, according to which genetic and non-genetic inheritance are both involved in the development and transmission of nearly all animal behavioral traits, and more demanding conceptions of what it takes for non-genetic resources involved in development to qualify as a distinct inheritance system. It might be thought that, if a more stringent conception is adopted, homologies could not subsist across two distinct inheritance systems. Indeed, it is commonly assumed that homology relations cannot survive a shift between genetic and cultural inheritance systems, and substantial reliance has been placed on that assumption in debates over the phylogenetic origins of hominin behavioral traits, such as male-initiated intergroup aggression. However, in the homology literature it is widely accepted that a trait can be homologous—that is, inherited continuously in two different lineages from a single common ancestor—despite divergence in the mechanisms involved in the trait’s development in the two lineages. In this paper, we argue that even on an extremely stringent understanding of what it takes for developmental resources to form a separate inheritance system, homologies can nonetheless subsist across shifts between distinct inheritance systems. We argue that this result is a merit of this way of characterizing what it is to be an inheritance system, that it has implications for adjudicating between alternative accounts of homology, and that it offers an important cautionary lesson about how (not) to reason with the homology concept, particularly in the context of cultural species.

KW - Inheritance system

KW - Homology

KW - Genetic inheritance

KW - Cultural inheritance

KW - Genetic assimilation

KW - Genetic accommodation

U2 - 10.1007/s10539-014-9433-3

DO - 10.1007/s10539-014-9433-3

M3 - Article

VL - 29

SP - 781

EP - 806

JO - BIOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY

JF - BIOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY

SN - 0169-3867

IS - 6

ER -

View graph of relations

© 2020 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454