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Discussion: Darwin's argument in the origin

Hodge, M.J.S. (1992) Discussion: Darwin's argument in the origin. Philosophy of Science, 59 (3). pp. 461-464. ISSN 0031-8248

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Various claims have been made, recently, that Darwin's argumentation in the Origin instantiates and so supports some general philosophical proposal about scientific theorizing, for example, the "semantic view". But these claims are grounded in various incorrect analyses of that argumentation. A summary is given here of an analysis defended at greater length in several papers by the present author. The historical and philosophical advantages of this analysis are explained briefly. Darwin's argument comprises three distinct evidential cases on behalf of natural selection, cases, that is, for its existence, its adequacy and its responsibility. Theorizing, today, about evolution by natural selection involves a similar structure of evidential and explanatory concerns.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1992 University of Chicago Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds) > Division of the History and Philosophy of Science (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 16:36
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:55
Status: Published
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3230

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