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Bricks Without Straw: Darwinism in the Social Sciences

Saunders, Peter T (2003) Bricks Without Straw: Darwinism in the Social Sciences. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 18 (3). pp. 259-272. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The so-called evolutionary social sciences are based on the belief that Darwinism can explain the living world and that it therefore should be able to explain other complex systems such as minds and societies. In fact, Darwinism cannot explain biological evolution. It does make an important contribution, but this is towards understanding adaptation, which is a major problem in biology but not in the social sciences. Darwinism has much less to offer to the social sciences than to biology and the shortcomings it brings with it are much greater.


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Saunders, Peter Tpeter.saunders@kcl.ac.uk
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Darwinism, social sciences, economics, sociobiology, adaptation
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 18:19
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 21:31
Item ID: 10518
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.428
Date: 2003
Page Range: pp. 259-272
Volume: 18
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10518

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