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AuthorWilson, Fred. author
TitleEmpiricism and Darwin's Science [electronic resource] / by Fred Wilson
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1991
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-3756-0
Descript XIV, 361 p. online resource

SUMMARY

I would like to record my thanks to Paul Thompson for useful converยญ sations over the years, and also to several generations of students who have helped me develop my ideas on biological theory and on Darwin. My wife has, as usual, been more than helpful; in particular she typed a good portion of the manuscript while I was on leave a few years ago, more now than I like to remember. My parents were both looking forward to holding a final copy of this book. I only regret that my mother did not live long enough to see its completion. I must also thank the publishers and their staff. They have been reยญ markably patient about meeting deadlines - promises were repeatedly made and then, owing to family situations, had to be broken - and for this I am considerably in their debt. I would further like to thank the following authors and publishers for permission to use their work: R. C. Lewontin, The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change, Figure 1, p. 14; ยฉ 1964 Columbia University Press; reprinted here by kind permission of the author and publisher. F. Wilson, 'Goudge's Contribution to the Philosophy of Science', in L. W. Sumner, J. G. Slater, and F. Wilson (eds.), Pragmatism and Purpose: Essays in Honour of T. A. Goudge; ยฉ 1964 University of Toronto Press; reproduced here in part by kind permission of all the editors and the publisher


CONTENT

I/Explanation and Unification -- One / Positivist Models of Explanation -- Two / The Abstractive Nature of Theories -- Three / Composition Laws -- Four / Reduction -- II / Explanation in Biology -- Five / Explanation and Imperfect Laws in Biology -- Six / Purpose and Function in Biology -- III / Darwin's Science -- Seven / Biogeographical Explanations -- Eight / The Structure of Darwin's Theory -- Nine / Some Methodological Criticisms of Darwin's Theory -- Ten / The Evidential Support for Darwin's Theory -- Eleven/ The Logical Structure of Darwin's Argument -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects


Philosophy History Philosophy and science Biology -- Philosophy Philosophy Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Biology History general



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