Similarities and Differences between Evolutionary Theory and the Theories of Physics

PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:385 - 396 (1980)
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Many philosophers have claimed that the structure of evolutionary theory is intrinsically different from the structure of physical theories. These claims were based on the appearance of the immature structure of the theory. Refutations of these claims have been based on newly available glimpses of the mature structure of the theory. These claims and their refutations show that the relationship between the immature and mature structures of evolutionary theory is dramatically different from this relationship for Newtonian physics. Analysis of the cause of this difference provides insight into significant features of the process of maturation of scientific theories.

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