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Philosophy of Biology

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  1. Neil Tennant (forthcoming). The Logical Structure of Evolutionary Explanation and Prediction: Darwinism's Fundamental Schema. Biology and Philosophy:1-45.
    We present a logically detailed case-study of Darwinian evolutionary explanation. Special features of Darwin’s explanatory schema made it an unusual theoretical breakthrough, from the point of view of the philosophy of science. The schema employs no theoretical terms, and puts forward no theoretical hypotheses. Instead, it uses three observational generalizations—Variability, Heritability and Differential Reproduction—along with an innocuous assumption of Causal Efficacy, to derive Adaptive Evolution as a necessary consequence. Adaptive Evolution in turn, with one assumption of scale (‘Deep Time’), implies (...)
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    Developmental Biology
     Developmental Constraints
     Developmental Modularity
     Developmental Systems Theory
     Ecological Developmental Biology
     Epigenetic Inheritance
     Evolutionary Developmental Biology
     Genetic Program
     Innateness
     Nature and Nurture
     Process Structuralism
     Developmental Biology, Misc
    Ecology and Conservation Biology
     Conservation Ethics
     Biodiversity
     Deep Ecology
     Ecological Developmental Biology
     Ecology and Conservation Biology, Misc
     Ecosystems
     Human Ecology
     Population Ecology
     Prioritization
     Reduction in Ecology
     Social Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
     Anti-Darwinist Approaches
     Levels and Units of Selection
     Evolution of Phenomena
     Mechanisms of Evolution
     Evolutionary Biology, Miscellaneous
    Genetics and Molecular Biology
     Genetics
     Genes
     Genetic Ethics
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    Phil of Biology, Miscellaneous
     Artificial Life
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     Biological Modeling
     Causation in Biology
     Complexity in Biology
     Biology and Society
     Explanation in Biology
     History of Biology
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     Phil of Biology, General Works
     Phil of Biology, Misc
     Vitalism
    Systematic Biology
     Homology
     Biological Natural Kinds
     Organisms
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     Systematic Biology, Misc
    Environmental Philosophy
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     Environmental Philosophy, Misc
     Environmental Ethics
     Environmental Ethics, Misc
     Topics in Environmental Ethics
     Environmental Value
     Non-Human Animals
    Teleology and Function
     Teleology
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     Teleology and Function, Misc
     Functionalism
     Consequentialism and Teleology
     Teleological Accounts of Mental Content
     Vitalism
     Functional Explanation
    Interlevel Relations in Biology
     Reduction in Biology
     Emergence in Biology
     Interlevel Relations in Biology, Misc
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