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Experiments in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Wilson, Brad (2009) Experiments in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In: [2009] SPSP 2009: Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (Minnesota, June 18-20, 2009).

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    Abstract

    Most of the philosophical work done on experimentation has focused on the physical sciences, i.e., physics and chemistry. I consider to what extent this work is relevant to experimentation in ecology and evolutionary biology, and will identify some important differences between laboratory experiments and experiments in nature. I focus on the ontological and epistemological aspects of experiments in the physical sciences and the life sciences and argue that experiments in ecology and evolutionary biology provide knowledge of particular systems from which it is difficult to generalize.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Experiment, generalization, ecology, evolutionary biology, laboratory, field
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
    General Issues > Experimentation
    Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] SPSP 2009: Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (Minnesota, June 18-20, 2009)
    Depositing User: Brad Wilson
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4810
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4810

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