Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Rose: Lifelines

Steven Rose's alternative to ultra-Darwinism

David L. Hull a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208


Stephen Rose's formulation of evolutionary theory is too scattered and impressionistic to serve as a genuine alternative to ultra- Darwinism. In addition, he has muddied a distinction that is crucial to our understanding of evolutionary phenomenona – the distinction between homologies and homoplasies.