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History and Philosophy of Science: A Phylogenetic Approach

Lennox, James G. (2001) History and Philosophy of Science: A Phylogenetic Approach. [Preprint]

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Kuhn closed the Introduction to The Structure of Scientific Revolutions with what was clearly intended as a rhetorical question: How could history of science fail to be a source of phenomena to which theories about knowledge may legitimately be asked to apply? (Kuhn 1970, 9) This paper argues that there is a more fruitful way of conceiving the relationship between a historical and philosophical study of science, which is dubbed the 'phylogenetic' approach. I sketch an example of this approach, and take a first pass at an abstract characterization of the method.

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Item Type: Preprint
Lennox, James G.
Keywords: HPS, fitness, natural selection, phylogenetic
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Depositing User: James G. Lennox
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 378
Public Domain: No

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