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Whence philosophy of biology?

Byron (formerly Baker), Jason M. (2006) Whence philosophy of biology? [Preprint]


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A consensus exists among contemporary philosophers of biology about the history of their field. According to the received view, mainstream philosophy of science in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s focused on physics and general epistemology, neglecting analyses of the ‘special sciences’, including biology. The subdiscipline of philosophy of biology emerged (and could only have emerged) after the decline of logical positivism in the 1960s and 70s. In this paper, I present bibliometric data from four major philosophy of science journals (Erkenntnis, Philosophy of Science, Synthese, and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science), covering 1930-1959, which challenge this view.

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Item Type: Preprint
Byron (formerly Baker), Jason M.
Additional Information: To be presented at HOPOS 2006. Currently in review; comments and suggestions are welcome.
Keywords: History of philosophy of science; logical positivism; philosophy of biology; special sciences
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Depositing User: Jason M. Byron
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2675

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