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'In conclusion, then, Empiricism and Darwin's Science should be on the shelves of all those who take an interest in the philosophy of biology and, in particular, of all those who wonder whether the foundations of biological science at the end of the twentieth century are as shaky as those of physics at the close of the nineteenth.' Annals of Human Biology, 20:1 (1993)
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'In conclusion, then, Empiricism and Darwin's Science should be on the shelves of all those who take an interest in the philosophy of biology and, in particular, of all those who wonder whether the foundations of biological science at the end of the twentieth century are as shaky as those of physics at the close of the nineteenth.' Annals of Human Biology, 20:1 (1993)
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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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