Whence philosophy of biology?

A consensus exists among contemporary philosophers of biology about the history of their field. According to the received view, mainstream philosophy of science in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s focused on physics and general epistemology, neglecting analyses of the 'special sciences', including biology. The subdiscipline of philosophy of biology emerged (and could only have emerged) after the decline of logical positivism in the 1960s and 70s. In this article, I present bibliometric data from four major philosophy of science journals (Erkenntnis, Philosophy of Science, Synthese, and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science), covering 1930-59, which challenge this view.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.2307/30115182
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 15,822
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Alan Richardson (2012). Occasions for an Empirical History of Philosophy of Science: American Philosophers of Science at Work in the 1950s and 1960s. Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2 (1):1-20.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

83 ( #34,928 of 1,724,733 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

17 ( #45,472 of 1,724,733 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.