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  1. Joe Cain (forthcoming). December 9, 2002 Educational Studies Senior Seminar. Educational Studies.
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  2. Joe Cain (2009). Rethinking the Synthesis Period in Evolutionary Studies. Journal of the History of Biology 42 (4):621 - 648.
    I propose we abandon the unit concept of "the evolutionary synthesis". There was much more to evolutionary studies in the 1920s and 1930s than is suggested in our commonplace narratives of this object in history. Instead, four organising threads capture much of evolutionary studies at this time. First, the nature of species and the process of speciation were dominating, unifying subjects. Second, research into these subjects developed along four main lines, or problem complexes: variation, divergence, isolation, and selection. Some calls (...)
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  3. Joe Cain (2005). Book Review: Edward J. Larson, Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory (New York: The Modern Library), Xiv + 337 Pp., Illus., $21.95. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 38 (1):172-174.
  4. Joe Cain (2002). Co-Opting Colleagues: Appropriating Dobzhansky's 1936 Lectures at Columbia. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 35 (2):207 - 219.
    This paper clarifies the chronology surrounding the population geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky's 1937 book, "Genetics and the Origin of Species." Most historians assume (a) Dobzhansky's book began as a series of 'Jesup lectures,' sponsored by the Department of Zoology at Columbia University in 1936, and (b) before these lectures were given, Dobzhansky knew he would produce a volume for the Columbia Biological Series (CBS). Archival evidence forces a rejection of both assumptions. Dobzhansky's 1936 Columbia lectures were not Jesup lectures. The book (...)
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  5. Joe Cain (2000). Woodger, Positivism, and the Evolutionary Synthesis. Biology and Philosophy 15 (4):535-551.
    In Unifying Biology, Smocovitis offers a series of claimsregarding the relationship between key actors in the synthesisperiod of evolutionary studies and positivism, especially claimsentailing Joseph Henry Woodger and the Unity of Science Movement.This commentary examines Woodger''s possible relevance to key synthesis actors and challenges Smocovitis'' arguments for theexplanatory relevance of logical positivism, and positivism moregenerally, to synthesis history. Under scrutiny, these arguments areshort on evidence and subject to substantial conceptual confusion.Though plausible, Smocovitis'' minimal interpretation – that somegeneralised form of Comtean (...)
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  6. Joe Cain (1999). Essay Review: Progress and Its Problems. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 32 (1):197-204.
  7. Joe Cain (1999). Review: Progress and Its Problems. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 32 (1):197 - 204.
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  8. Joe Cain (1999). Why Be My Colleague's Keeper? Moral Justifications for Peer Review. Science and Engineering Ethics 5 (4):531-540.
    Justifying ethical practices is no easy task. This paper considers moral justifications for peer review so as to persuade even the sceptical individualist. Two avenues provide a foundation for that justification: self-interest (the right behaviour is that which maximally serves one’s own interests) and social contract theory (the right behaviour is that which best meets obligations set in binding social contracts). A wider notion of “interest” permits the self-interest approach to justify not only submitting one’s own work to peer review (...)
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  9. Ronald Rainger, Joy Harvey, Mary P. Winsor, Joe Cain & Keith R. Benson (1997). The J. H. B. Bookshelf. Journal of the History of Biology 30 (2):303-315.
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  10. Joe Cain (ed.) (1943/2004). Exploring the Borderlands: Documents of the Committee on Common Problems of Genetics, Paleontology, and Systematics. American Philosophical Society.
    REPORT OF MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMON PROBLEMS OF GENETICS AND PALEONTOLOGY {]oint Committee of the Divisions of Geology and Geography. and Biology ...
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