Empiricism and Darwin's Science / Edition 1

Empiricism and Darwin's Science / Edition 1

by F. Wilson

ISBN-10: 0792310195

ISBN-13: 9780792310198

Pub. Date: 08/07/1991

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

Product Details

Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, #47
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

I/Explanation and Unification.- One / Positivist Models of Explanation.- Two / The Abstractive Nature of Theories.- 2.1. Introduction: The Kuhnian Context.- 2.2. The Abstractive Nature of Theories.- 2.3. Abstractive Theories and Research: Revolutionary Science.- Three / Composition Laws.- Four / Reduction.- 4.1. Reduction of Sociology to Psychology.- 4.2. Reduction of Psychology to Physiology.- 4.3. Reduction of Mendelian Genetics to Molecular Genetics.- 4.4. Summary and Conclusions.- II / Explanation in Biology.- Five / Explanation and Imperfect Laws in Biology.- 5.1. Integrating Explanations.- 5.2. Narrative Explanations.- 5.3. The Structure of Biological Theories.- 5.4. Representing the Logical Form of Theories.- Six / Purpose and Function in Biology.- 6.1. The Place of Purpose in Thinking about Nature.- 6.2. Purpose, Function, and Imperfect Knowledge.- 6.3. Functions and Functional Explanation.- 6.4. Adaptation and Evolution.- 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.

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