The Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

The Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

by Richard Boyd
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262521563

ISBN-13: 9780262521567

Pub. Date: 06/26/1991

Publisher: MIT Press

Using formal logic, Reconstructing the Past seeks to clarify and resolve the methodological issues that arise when biologists try to answer such questions as whether human beings are more closely related to chimps than they are to gorillas. It explores the case for considering the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony as a useful principle for evaluating

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Using formal logic, Reconstructing the Past seeks to clarify and resolve the methodological issues that arise when biologists try to answer such questions as whether human beings are more closely related to chimps than they are to gorillas. It explores the case for considering the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony as a useful principle for evaluating taxonomic theories of evolutionary relationships. Bringing together philosophy, biology, and statistics, Sober builds a general framework for understanding the circumstances in which parsimony makes sense as a tool of phylogenetic inference.Elliott Sober is Professor of Philosophy at the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the author of The Nature of Selection.

The MIT Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262521567
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/26/1991
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
816
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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