The Semantic Approach and Its Application to Evolutionary Theory

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In this talk I do three things. First, I review what I take to be fruitful applications of the semantic view of theory structure to evolutionary theory. Second, I list and correct three common misunderstandings about the semantic view. Third, I evaluate the weaknesses and strengths of Horan's paper in this symposium. Specifically, I argue that the criticisms leveled against the semantic view by Horan are inappropriate because they incorporate some basic misconceptions about the semantic view itself.
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R. I. G. Hughes (1993). Theoretical Explanation. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):132-153.
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