The Structure and Confirmation of Evolutionary Theory

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Princeton University Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 235 pages
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Traditionally a scientific theory is viewed as based on universal laws of nature that serve as axioms for logical deduction. In analyzing the logical structure of evolutionary biology, Elisabeth Lloyd argues that the semantic account is more appropriate and powerful. This book will be of interest to biologists and philosophers alike.Traditionally a scientific theory is viewed as based on universal laws of nature that serve as axioms for logical deduction. In analyzing the logical structure of evolutionary biology, Elisabeth Lloyd argues that the semantic account is more appropriate and powerful. This book will be of interest to biologists and philosophers alike.
  

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Contents

Introduction Other Descriptions of the Structure of Evolutionary Theory
1
The Semantic Approach and Evolutionary Theory
11
The Structure of Population Genetics
27
Structured Populations Group Kin and Organismic Selection
43
The Units of Selection
63
Species Selection
97
Genie Selection
117
Confirmation of Evolutionary Models
145
Conclusion
165
Notes
167
Bibliography
197
Index
227
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