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Cause and effect in biology revisited: is Mayr's proximate-ultimate dichotomy still useful?

Abstract:

Fifty years ago, Ernst Mayr published a hugely influential paper on the nature of causation in biology, in which he distinguished between proximate and ultimate causes. Mayr equated proximate causation with immediate factors (for example, physiology) and ultimate causation with evolutionary explanations (for example, natural selection). He argued that proximate and ultimate causes addressed different questions and were not alternatives. Mayr's account of causation remains widely accepted toda...

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10.1126/science.1210879

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Journal:
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Volume:
334
Issue:
6062
Pages:
1512-1516
Publication date:
2011-12-05
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EISSN:
1095-9203
ISSN:
0036-8075
URN:
uuid:1bf0e329-d7dd-4cd0-a354-3bc02b8b4cb0
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221745
Local pid:
pubs:221745

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