Philosophy of Science 50 (1):112-129 (1983)

Authors
Elisabeth Lloyd
Indiana University, Bloomington
Abstract
When natural selection theory was presented, much active philosophical debate, in which Darwin himself participated, centered on its hypothetical nature, its explanatory power, and Darwin's methodology. Upon first examination, Darwin's support of his theory seems to consist of a set of claims pertaining to various aspects of explanatory success. I analyze the support of his method and theory given in the Origin of Species and private correspondence, and conclude that an interpretation focusing on the explanatory strengths of natural selection theory accurately reflects neither Darwin's own self-consciously held views, nor the nature of his support. Darwin's methodological and philosophical arguments were at once consistently empiricist and more sophisticated than such interpretations credit to him
Keywords Biology   Darwin   Philosophy of Science   History of Biology
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/289093
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

References found in this work BETA

On the Origin of Species.Charles Darwin - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
The Scientific Image.William Demopoulos & Bas C. van Fraassen - 1982 - Philosophical Review 91 (4):603.
The Inference to the Best Explanation.Gilbert H. Harman - 1965 - Philosophical Review 74 (1):88-95.
Explanatory Unification.Philip Kitcher - 1981 - Philosophy of Science 48 (4):507-531.
The Best Explanation: Criteria for Theory Choice.Paul R. Thagard - 1978 - Journal of Philosophy 75 (2):76-92.

View all 13 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Selección artificial, selección sexual, selección natural.Santiago Ginnobili - 2011 - Metatheoria – Revista de Filosofía E Historia de la Ciencia 2 (1):61-78.
Darwin's Argument in the Origin.M. J. S. Hodge - 1992 - Philosophy of Science 59 (3):461-464.
Confirmation of Ecological and Evolutionary Models.Elisabeth A. Lloyd - 1987 - Biology and Philosophy 2 (3):277-293.

View all 20 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
1,640 ( #2,651 of 2,463,155 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
60 ( #13,817 of 2,463,155 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes