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    Why do funding agencies favor hypothesis testing?Chris Haufe - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44 (3):363-374.
    Exploratory inquiry has difficulty attracting research funding because funding agencies have little sense of how to detect good science in exploratory contexts. After documenting and explaining the focus on hypothesis testing among a variety of institutions responsible for distinguishing between good and bad science, I analyze the NIH grant review process. I argue that a good explanation for the focus on hypothesis testing—at least at the level of science funding agencies—is the fact that hypothesis-driven research is relatively easy to appraise. (...)
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    Gould’s Laws.Chris Haufe - 2015 - Philosophy of Science 82 (1):1-20.
    Much of Stephen Jay Gould’s legacy is dominated by his views on the contingency of evolutionary history expressed in his classic Wonderful Life. However, Gould also campaigned relentlessly for a “nomothetic” paleontology. How do these commitments hang together? I argue that Gould’s conception of science and natural law combined with his commitment to contingency to produce an evolutionary science centered around the formulation of higher-level evolutionary laws.
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    How knowledge grows: the evolutionary development of scientific practice.Chris Haufe - 2022 - Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
    An argument that science is indeed 'socially constructed' but in a way that exposes it to a Darwinian version of variability and selection which ensures its success.
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    From Necessary Chances to Biological Laws.Chris Haufe - 2013 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 64 (2):279-295.
    In this article, I propose a new way of thinking about natural necessity and a new way of thinking about biological laws. I suggest that much of the lack of progress in making a positive case for distinctively biological laws is that we’ve been looking for necessity in the wrong place. The trend has been to look for exceptionlessness at the level of the outcomes of biological processes and to build one’s claims about necessity off of that. However, as Beatty (...)
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    Where No Mind Has Gone Before: Exploring Laws in Distant and Lonely Worlds.Matthew H. Slater & Chris Haufe - 2009 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23 (3):265-276.
    Do the laws of nature supervene on ordinary, non-nomic matters of fact? Lange's criticism of Humean supervenience (HS) plays a key role in his account of natural laws. Though we are sympathetic to his account, we remain unconvinced by his criticism. We focus on his thought experiment involving a world containing nothing but a lone proton and argue that it does not cast sufficient doubt on HS. In addition, we express some concern about locating the lawmakers in an ontology of (...)
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  6. Anthropogenic Mass Extinction.Chris Haufe & Jeremy Bendik-Keymer - 2017 - In Stephen M. Gardiner & Allen Thompson (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics. Oxford University Press.
    We explore the science of mass extinction, link it to industrial civilization, use the concept of the banality of evil to explain the ethical situation, and then explain the various ways in which mass extinction poses further ethical problems within that situation, especially of environmental justice and the loss of value. Overall, humankind risks a profound failure of autonomy, perhaps our greatest achievement. For those who want to take action, we recommend the project of anthroponomy and large-unit/deep-branching conservation.
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    Introduction: Testing philosophical theories.Chris Haufe - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 59:68-73.
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    Perverse engineering.Chris Haufe - 2008 - Philosophy of Science 75 (4):437-446.
    Evolutionary psychologists, among others, have used a method called “reverse engineering” to uncover ( a ) whether a trait was selected for, and ( b ) if so, why that trait was selected for. In this paper I argue that reverse engineering cannot deliver on either ( a ) or ( b ), and tends to pervert, rather than enhance, our knowledge of natural history. In particular, I expose as false a fundamental assumption of reverse engineering—namely, that all traits selected (...)
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    Darwin's laws.Chris Haufe - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (1):269-280.
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    Darwin’s laws.Chris Haufe - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (1):269-280.
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    A rich study of James’ pragmatism: Lucas McGranahan: Darwinism and pragmatism: William James on evolution and self-transformation. New York: Routledge, 2017, 186pp, £ 110 HB.Chris Haufe - 2018 - Metascience 27 (2):255-257.
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    Do the humanities create knowledge?Chris Haufe - 2023 - New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    We often think of people as falling into one of two very different kinds: people who are into science, math, and engineering, or people who are into history, philosophy, and literature. This book takes readers behind the scenes to show them the unexpected unity underlying efforts to understand our experiences.
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    Fruitfulness: science, metaphor and the puzzle of promise.Chris Haufe - 2023 - New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    Some ideas seem to possess a disproportionate ability to lead to new insights, new discoveries, new ideas, and even entirely new ways of thinking. Such ideas are said to be fruitful. Looking across the history of science and mathematics, we see creative minds preoccupied with the search for ideas of this kind. More precious than truth, fruitful ideas provide those in pursuit of knowledge with a seemingly bottomless well of innovation from which to draw as they attempt to solve new (...)
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    Sexual selection and mate choice in evolutionary psychology.Chris Haufe - 2008 - Biology and Philosophy 23 (1):115-128.
    The importance of mate choice and sexual selection has been emphasized by the majority of evolutionary psychologists. This paper assesses three cases of work on mate choice and sexual selection in evolutionary psychology: David Buss on cross-cultural human mate preferences, Randy Thornhill and Steve Gangestad on the link between mate preferences and fluctuating asymmetry, and Geoffrey Miller on the role of Fisher’s runaway process in human evolution. A mixture of conceptual and empirical problems in each case highlights the general weakness (...)
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    Derek Turner. Paleontology: A Philosophical Introduction. xi + 227 pp., illus., tables, bibl., index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. $28. [REVIEW]Chris Haufe - 2012 - Isis 103 (3):629-630.
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    It’s a process: Searching for meaning among the microbes. [REVIEW]Chris Haufe - 2013 - Metascience 23 (2):293-296.
    John Dupré has spent his career pushing against boundaries in biology and its philosophy. In the process of building a cottage industry out of disrupting what appeared to be fairly settled biological categories, Dupré managed to articulate an influential general metaphysics of science that was able to give us much of what we wanted from scientific realism while still remaining faithful to the heterodox duprévity of the “Disunity of Science” school. All the while, his work in these domains maintained a (...)
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    Paleontology: A Philosophical Introduction. [REVIEW]Chris Haufe - 2012 - Isis 103:629-630.
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    The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique, by Kim Sterelny: Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012, pp. 264, US $35 (hardback). [REVIEW]Chris Haufe - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-4.
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    The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique by Sterelny, Kim: Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012, pp. 264, US$35. [REVIEW]Chris Haufe - 2014 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (2):407-410.
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