Département de philosophie

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Post-doctoral researcher

My research analyzes the scientific reasoning at work in the ongoing controversy about the neutral theory of community ecology. The neutral theory is defended by proponents as a null model with respect to competition theory. I clarify and critique how this functions to shift the burden of disproof onto competition theory. I argue that the controversy should be reconceived in terms of a debate about the relative merits of the competitionist and neutralist research programmes.