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Are genetic representations read in development?

RJ Planer

The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science | Published : 2016


The status of genes as bearers of semantic content remains very much in dispute among philosophers of biology. In a series of papers, Nicholas Shea has argued that his 'infotel' theory of semantics vindicates the claim that genes carry semantic content. On Shea's account, each organism is associated with a 'developmental system' that takes genetic representations as inputs and produces whole-organism traits as outputs. Moreover, at least in his most recent work on the topic, Shea ([2013], p. 1) is explicit in claiming that these genetic representations are 'read in ontogenetic time, in the course of individual development'. Here I argue that a close examination of the process of reading, in ..

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