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Charles Darwin and Sir John F. W. Herschel: Nineteenth-Century Science and its Methodology

Pence, Charles H. (2010) Charles Darwin and Sir John F. W. Herschel: Nineteenth-Century Science and its Methodology. [Preprint]

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In this essay, I review the relationship between Charles Darwin's methodology and the philosophy of science of Sir John F. W. Herschel. Darwin's exposure to Herschel's philosophy was, I argue, significant. Further, when we construct an appropriate reading of Herschel's philosophy of science (a surprisingly difficult feat), we can see that Darwin's three-part argument in the Origin is crafted in order to strictly adhere to Herschel's methodological guidelines.

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Item Type: Preprint
Pence, Charles
Keywords: Charles Darwin; John F. W. Herschel; William Whewell; vera causa; analogy; consilience
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Charles H. Pence
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 12:47
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2015 14:28
Item ID: 8462

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