History and Evolution

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Matthew H. Nitecki, Doris V. Nitecki
SUNY Press, Jul 1, 1992 - History - 269 pages
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The studies of evolutionary biology and of human history face the same kinds of problems and deal with the same processes. Both disciplines deal with similar questions in similar ways, but do the methods used produce comparable knowledge, and are the differences and similarities between these disciplines real?

This book examines the philosophy of historical and evolutionary studies; the objectivity and meanings of human and evolutionary histories; the evolutionary approaches to and the anlysis of history, historical approaches, and utilization of evolution; the logic of historical and evolutionary thinking and explanations; the identification of similarities, differences, and common problems of evolutionary biology and history; and what constitutes the major historical and evolutionary events.
 

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Contents

La Grande Illusion
3
The Structure of Narrative Explanation in History and Biology
19
Whats So Special about the Past?
55
The ParticularCircumstance Model of Scientific Explanation
69
The Historical Nature of Evolutionary Theory
81
History and Evolutionary Processes
103
The Conditions for a Nomothetic Paleontology
131
A Threefold Parallelism for Our Time? Progressive Development in Society Science and the Organic World
149
How Microevolutionary Processes Give Rise to History
179
History as Science and Science as History
211
Evolution of Scientific Theories and the Tension in Ecology
241
CONTRIBUTORS
257
INDEX
261
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Matthew H. Nitecki is Curator and Doris V. Nitecki is Associate Curator in the Department of Geology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

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