Darwin's Methodological Evolution

Journal of the History of Biology 38 (1):85 - 99 (2005)
A necessary condition for having a revolution named after you is that you are an innovator in your field. I argue that if Charles Darwin meets this condition, it is as a philosopher and methodologist. In 1991, I made the case for Darwin's innovative use of "thought experiment" in the "Origin." Here I place this innovative practice in the context of Darwin's methodological commitments, trace its origins back into Darwin's notebooks, and pursue Darwin's suggestion that it owes its inspiration to Charles Lyell
Keywords actualism  cognitive strategy  Herschel  imagination  induction  Lyell  thought experiment  transmutation  vera causa
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DOI 10.2307/4331921
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Phillip R. Sloan (2003). 1 The Making of a Philosophical Naturalist. In J. Hodges & Gregory Radick (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Darwin. Cambridge University Press 17.

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