Synthese 196 (3):991-1017 (2019)

Authors
Abstract
This work takes a stand on whether Wallace should be regarded as co-author of the theory of natural selection alongside Darwin as he is usually considered on behalf of his alleged essential contribution to the conception of the theory. It does so from a perspective unexplored thus far: we will argue for Darwin’s priority based on a rational reconstruction of the theory of natural selection as it appears in the writings of both authors. We show that the theory does not appear in exactly the same manner in the writings of each of its alleged co-discoverers: tough we find the same fundamental elements in both works, even in Darwin’s early texts, we discern a more complex unifying and ramified structure than the one we find in Wallace’s Ternate manuscript. Even when we think the badge of the “Darwin–Wallace” theory is well deserved, the unifying force of Darwin’s version has proved to be one of the keys for the ulterior success of the so-called Darwinian revolution in Biology.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1491-z
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 56,081
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

Adaptation and Evolutionary Theory.Robert N. Brandon - 1978 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 9 (3):181.
Proofs and Refutations.Imre Lakatos - 1980 - Noûs 14 (3):474-478.
The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes: Philosophical Papers.Imre Lakatos, John Worrall & Gregory Currie - 1979 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 30 (4):381-402.
The Logical Structure of Mathematical Physics.C. A. Hooker - 1973 - Philosophy of Science 40 (1):130-131.

View all 55 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Deconstructing Darwin: Evolutionary Theory in Context.David L. Hull - 2005 - Journal of the History of Biology 38 (1):137-152.
Wallace, Darwin, and the Practice of Natural History.Melinda B. Fagan - 2007 - Journal of the History of Biology 40 (4):601 - 635.
Darwin's Moral Lapse.James Rachels - 1986 - National Forum:22-24.
Evolution by Natural Selection.Charles Darwin - 1958 - New York: Johnson Reprint.
Charles Darwin and Group Selection.Michael Ruse - 1980 - Annals of Science 37 (6):615-630.
Scientific Naturalism and Social Reform in the Thought of Alfred Russel Wallace.John R. Durant - 1979 - British Journal for the History of Science 12 (1):31-58.
Darwin's Evolutionary Philosophy: The Laws of Change.Edward S. Reed - 1978 - Acta Biotheoretica 27 (3-4):201-235.
Darwin and Divergence: The Wallace Connection.Barbara G. Beddall - 1988 - Journal of the History of Biology 21 (1):1-68.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-07-14

Total views
22 ( #468,286 of 2,403,894 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #550,679 of 2,403,894 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes