History and Evolution

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Explores the differences and similarities of historical and evolutionary approaches to investigating and interpreting the past. The 11 papers were presented at the Spring Systematics Symposium in Chicago, May 1989. They discuss philosophy and methodology, and such topics as the history of evolution and the evolution of history. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: History: La Grande Illusion 3
Methodologies of Historical Explanations
The Structure of Narrative Explanation in History and Biology 19
What's so Special About the Past? 55
The Particular-Circumstance Model of Scientific Explanation 69
The Historical Nature of Evolutionary Theory 81
Historical Explanations and Evolutionary Biology
History and Evolutionary Processes 103
The Conditions for a Nomothetic Paleontology 131
Historical Science and Philosophy of History
A Threefold Parallelism for Our Time? Progressive Development in Society, Science, and the Organic World 149
How Microevolutionary Processes Give Rise to History 179
Evolution and History: History as Science and Science as History 211
Evolution of Scientific Theories and the Tension in Ecology 241
Contributors 257
Index 261
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