The Metaphysics of Evolution: Naqshbandis in the Ottoman World, 1450-1700

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SUNY Press, 1989 - Science - 331 pages
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This critical collection of essays represents the best of the best when it comes to philosophy of biology. Many chapters treat evolution as a biological phenomenon, but the author is more generally concerned with science itself. Present-day science, particularly current views on systematics and biological evolution are investigated. The aspects of these sciences that are relevant to the general analysis of selection processes are presented, and they also serve to exemplify the general characteristics exhibited by science since its inception.
 

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Contents

On Human Nature
11
Charles Darwin and NineteenthCentury Philosophies of Science
27
Plancks Principles
43
Darwin and the Nature of Science
62
The Ontological Status of Species As Evolutionary Units
79
Individuality and Selection
89
Genealogical Actors in Ecological Roles
110
Consistency and Monophyly
129
Central Subjects and Historical Narratives
181
In Defense of Presentism
205
Conceptual Evolution and The Eye of the Octopus
221
Altruism in Science A Sociobiological Model of Cooperative Behavior Among Scientists
243
Sociobiology Scientific Bandwagon or Traveling Medicine Show?
263
Sociobiology Another New Synthesis
285
References
299
Name Index
319

Karl Popper and Platos Metaphors
144
Cladistic Theory Hypotheses That Blur and Grow
162

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David L. Hull is Dressler Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He is the author of Science as a Process: An Evolutionary Account of the Social and Conceptual Development of Science; Philosophy of Biological Science; and Darwin and His Critics: The Reception of Darwin's Theory of Evolution by the Scientific Community.

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