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  1. Ron Amundson, Accounting For Vertebrate Limbs: From Owen's Homology To Novelty In Evo-Devo.
    This article reviews the recent reissuing of Richard Owen’s On the Nature of Limbs and its three novel, introductory essays. These essays make Owen’s 1849 text very accessible by discussing the historical context of his work and explaining how Owen’s ideas relate to his larger intellectual framework. In addition to the ways in which the essays point to Owen’s relevance for contemporary biology, I discuss how Owen’s unity of type theory and his homology claims about fins and limbs compare with (...)
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  2. Ron Amundson (2013). Pain, Chronic Pain, and Sickle Cell Chronic Pain. American Journal of Bioethics 13 (4):14 - 16.
    (2013). Pain, Chronic Pain, and Sickle Cell Chronic Pain. The American Journal of Bioethics: Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 14-16. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2013.768859.
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  3. Ron Amundson (2010). Quality of Life, Disability, and Hedonic Psychology. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 40 (4):374-392.
  4. Ron Amundson (2008). Why Don't You Write About Something More Interesting, Lisa? Biology and Philosophy 23 (3):439-446.
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  5. Ron Amundson & Shari Tresky (2008). Bioethics and Disability Rights: Conflicting Values and Perspectives. [REVIEW] Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 5 (2/3):111-123.
    Continuing tensions exist between mainstream bioethics and advocates of the disability rights movement. This paper explores some of the grounds for those tensions as exemplified in From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice by Allen Buchanan and coauthors, a book by four prominent bioethicists that is critical of the disability rights movement. One set of factors involves the nature of disability and impairment. A second set involves presumptions regarding social values, including the importance of intelligence in relation to other human (...)
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  6. Ron Amundson & Shari Tresky (2007). On a Bioethical Challenge to Disability Rights. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (6):541 – 561.
    Tensions exist between the disability rights movement and the work of many bioethicists. These reveal themselves in a major recent book on bioethics and genetics, From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice. This book defends certain genetic policies against criticisms from disability rights advocates, in part by arguing that it is possible to accept both the genetic policies and the rights of people with impairments. However, a close reading of the book reveals a series of direct moral criticisms of the (...)
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  7. Ronald A. Amundson (2006). EvoDevo as Cognitive Psychology. Biological Theory 1 (1):10-11.
  8. Ron Amundson (2005). Darwins for Everyone. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 36 (1):209-220.
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  9. Ron Amundson (2002). Book Revie. Biology and Philosophy 17 (5):679-694.
     
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  10. Ron Amundson (2002). Phylogenic Reconstruction Then and Now. Biology and Philosophy 17 (5):679-694.
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  11. Ron Amundson (2000). Embryology and Evolution 1920-1960: Worlds Apart? History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 22 (3):335 - 352.
    During the early part of the 20th century most embryologists were skeptical about the significance of Mendelian genetics to embryological development. A few embryologists began to study the developmental effects of Mendelian genes around 1940. Such work was a necessary step on the path to modern developmental biology. It occurred during the time when the Evolutionary Synthesis was integrating Mendelian and population genetics into a unified evolutionary theory. Why did the first embryological geneticists begin their study at that particular time? (...)
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  12. Ron Amundson (1998). Review. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (3):515-521.
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  13. Ron Amundson (1998). Typology Reconsidered: Two Doctrines on the History of Evolutionary Biology. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 13 (2):153-177.
    Recent historiography of 19th century biology supports the revision of two traditional doctrines about the history of biology. First, the most important and widespread biological debate around the time of Darwin was not evolution versus creation, but biological functionalism versus structuralism. Second, the idealist and typological structuralist theories of the time were not particularly anti-evolutionary. Typological theories provided argumentation and evidence that was crucial to the refutation of Natural Theological creationism. The contrast between functionalist and structuralist approaches to biology continues (...)
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  14. Ron Amundson & George V. Lauder (1998). Function Without Purpose: The Uses of Causal Role Function in Evolutionary Biology. In David L. Hull & Michael Ruse (eds.), The Philosophy of Biology. Oxford University Press. 227--57.
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  15. Michael Ruse & Ron Amundson (1998). Reviews-Monad to Man: The Concept of Progress in Evolutionary Biology. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (3):515-521.
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  16. Ronald Amundson & Hans Jenny (1997). On a State Factor Model of Ecosystems. Bioscience 47 (8):536-543.
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  17. Ronald Amundson & Hans Jenny (1997). Thinking of Biology. Bioscience 47 (8):536.
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  18. Ron Amundson (1994). Two Concepts of Constraint: Adaptationism and the Challenge From Developmental Biology. Philosophy of Science 61 (4):556-578.
    The so-called "adaptationism" of mainstream evolutionary biology has been criticized from a variety of sources. One, which has received relatively little philosophical attention, is developmental biology. Developmental constraints are said to be neglected by adaptationists. This paper explores the divergent methodological and explanatory interests that separate mainstream evolutionary biology from its embryological and developmental critics. It will focus on the concept of constraint itself; even this central concept is understood differently by the two sides of the dispute.
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  19. Ron Amundson & George V. Lauder (1994). Function Without Purpose. Biology and Philosophy 9 (4):443-469.
    Philosophers of evolutionary biology favor the so-called etiological concept of function according to which the function of a trait is its evolutionary purpose, defined as the effect for which that trait was favored by natural selection. We term this the selected effect (SE) analysis of function. An alternative account of function was introduced by Robert Cummins in a non-evolutionary and non-purposive context. Cummins''s account has received attention but little support from philosophers of biology. This paper will show that a similar (...)
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  20. Ron Amundson (1992). Disability, Handicap, and the Environment. Journal of Social Philosophy 23 (1):105-119.
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  21. Jim Stone, Ron Amundson, Jonathan Bennett, Joram Graf Haber, Lina Levit Haber, Jack Nass, Bernard H. Baumrin, Sarah W. Emery, Frank B. Dilley, Marilyn Friedman, Christina Sommers & Alan Soble (1992). Letters to the Editor. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 65 (5):87 - 99.
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  22. Ron Amundson (1990). Doctor Dennett and Doctor Pangloss: Perfection and Selection in Biology and Psychology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (3):577-581.
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  23. Ron Amundson (1988). Logical Adaptationism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11 (3):505.
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  24. Ron Amundson, Robert Arrington, Michael Levin, J. Christopher Maloney & Joseph Margolis (1987). William Alston. Behaviorism 15:83.
     
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  25. Ron Amundson (1985). Psychology and Epistemology: The Place Versus Response Controversy. Cognition 20 (2):127-153.
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  26. Ron Amundson & Laurence D. Smith (1984). Clark Hull, Robert Cummins, and Functional Analysis. Philosophy of Science 51 (December):657-666.
    Robert Cummins has recently used the program of Clark Hull to illustrate the effects of logical positivist epistemology upon psychological theory. On Cummins's account, Hull's theory is best understood as a functional analysis, rather than a nomological subsumption. Hull's commitment to the logical positivist view of explanation is said to have blinded him to this aspect of this theory, and thus restricted its scope. We will argue that this interpretation of Hull's epistemology, though common, is mistaken. Hull's epistemological views were (...)
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  27. Ron Amundson (1983). E. C. Tolman and the Intervening Variable: A Study in the Epistemological History of Psychology. Philosophy of Science 50 (2):268-282.
    E. C. Tolman's 'purposive behaviorism' is commonly interpreted as an attempt to operationalize a cognitivist theory of learning by the use of the 'Intervening Variable' (IV). Tolman would thus be a counterinstance to an otherwise reliable correlation of cognitivism with realism, and S-R behaviorism with operationalism. A study of Tolman's epistemological background, with a careful reading of his methodological writings, shows the common interpretation to be false. Tolman was a cognitivist and a realist. His 'IV' has been systematically misinterpreted by (...)
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  28. Ron Amundson (1983). On Scientific Thinking. Teaching Philosophy 6 (3):301-304.
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  29. Ron Amundson (1983). The Epistemological Status of a Naturalized Epistemology. Inquiry 26 (3):333 – 344.
    Philosophically inclined psychologists and psychologically inclined philosophers often hold that the substantive discoveries of psychology can provide an empirical foundation for epistemology. In this paper it is argued that the ambition to found epistemology empirically faces certain unnoticed difficulties. Empirical theories concerned with knowledge?gaining abilities have been historically associated with specific epistemological views such that the epistemology gives preferential support to the substantive theory, while the theory empirically supports the epistemology. Theories attribute to the subject just those epistemic abilities which (...)
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  30. Ron Amundson (1982). Science, Ethnoscience, and Ethnocentrism. Philosophy of Science 49 (2):236-250.
    The conventionalist epistemology of cultural anthropology can be seen to be embedded in the methods of 'cognitive anthropology', the study of folk conceptual systems. These methods result in indiscriminately depicting all folk systems as conventional, whether or not the systems are intended by the native to represent objective features of the world. Hypothetical and actual ethnographic situations are discussed. It is concluded that the anthropologist's projection of his/her own epistemology onto a native system is ethnocentric. This epistemological prejudice may be (...)
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  31. Ronald Amundson (1979). Testing Utility. Teaching Philosophy 3 (2):35-38.
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