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    Biological thinking in evolutionary psychology: Rockbottom or quicksand?H. Looren De Jong & W. J. Van Der Steen - 1998 - Philosophical Psychology 11 (2):183 – 205.
    Evolutionary psychology is put forward by its defenders as an extension of evolutionary biology, bringing psychology within the integrated causal chain of the hard sciences. It is extolled as a new paradigm for integrating psychology with the rest of science. We argue that such claims misrepresent the methods and explanations of evolutionary biology, and present a distorted view of the consequences that might be drawn from evolutionary biology for views of human nature. General theses about adaptation in biology are empty (...)
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    Some comments on “reduction”.W. J. Van Der Steen - 1975 - Acta Biotheoretica 24 (3-4):163-167.
    Something is wrong with current discussions about theory reduction. The question of whether higher level theories are reducible to lower level theories cannot be posed in a sensible way if methodological principles that are needed to evaluate scientific theories are disregarded. If this is recognized, the problem looses much of its alleged importance.
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    Hempel's view on functional explanation some critical comments.W. J. Van Der Steen - 1971 - Acta Biotheoretica 20 (3-4):171-178.
    Functional explanations are regarded as a special type of explanation by many biologists. Philosophers of science tend to agree that they are weak forms of the common modes of explanation, although the elucidation of the logical structure involved is difficult. The present paper shows that Hempel's reconstruction of functional explanations is inadequate on pragmatic grounds. Thus his conclusion that such explanations are necessarily weak is also objectionable. There is no reason for allotting functional explanations a special logical status.
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  4. Methods and systematic reflections-An essay on'life': Limitations of science in the search for ultimate meaning.W. J. Van der Steen - 1997 - Ultimate Reality and Meaning 20 (4):265-281.
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    Periodic oviposition in the Freshwater snail lymnaea stagnalis: A new type of endogenous rhythm.W. J. Van Der Steen - 1970 - Acta Biotheoretica 19 (2):87-93.
    The overt oviposition rhythm ofLymnaea stagnalis should be regarded as an endogenous one. Despite considerable deviations of its period from 24 hrs, entrainment by 24 hr. external periodicities is possible. Possibly, entrainment is effectuated via a second — covert — internal rhythm. The fact that similar rhythms have not been established before, is probably connected with the nature of the phenomena to which previous studies have generally been limited.
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    The relation of biology to physics and chemistry — an evaluation of some recent issues in the philosophy of science.W. J. Van Der Steen - 1970 - Acta Biotheoretica 19 (3-4):186-211.
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    Review of M. A. Simon: The matter of life. [REVIEW]W. J. Van Der Steen - 1973 - Acta Biotheoretica 22 (3):142-150.
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