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