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Science and Selection

Science and Selection
Essays on Biological Evolution and the Philosophy of Science

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

Rod Langman, Sigrid Glenn
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  • Date Published: November 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521644051

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  • One way to understand science is as a selection process. David Hull, one of the dominant figures in contemporary philosophy of science, sets out in this volume a general analysis of this selection process that applies equally to biological evolution, the reaction of the immune system to antigens, operant learning, and social and conceptual change in science. Science and Selection brings together many of Hull's most important essays on selection (some never before published) in one accessible volume.

    • David Hull is one of the most important contemporary philosophers of biology
    • Essays are recent, some brand new
    • Describes science as a selection process to explain why science works the way it does
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    "Most of these essays have been previously published but are so widely scattered in the literature that it is worthwhile to have them in a single volume. Highly recommended." Choice

    "...a series of provocative writings on biological and conceptual evolution and the philosophy of science...Science and Selection discharges its duty well, collecting Hull's mature thoughts on a variety of important an affordable and accessible package." Journal of the History of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521644051
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.386kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Selection in Biological Evolution:
    1. Interactors versus vehicles
    2. Taking vehicles seriously
    3. A general analysis of selection, with Rod Langman and Sigrid Glenn
    Part II. Selection in the Evolution of Science:
    4. A mechanism and its metaphysics
    5. Why scientists behave scientifically
    6. What's wrong with invisible-hand explanations?
    Part III. Testing our Views about Science:
    7. A function for actual examples in philosophy of science
    8. The evolution of conceptual systems in science
    9. Testing philosophical claims about science
    10. That just don't sound right: a plea for real examples in philosophy of science
    11. Studying the study of science scientifically.

  • Author

    David L. Hull, Northwestern University, Illinois


    Rod Langman, Sigrid Glenn

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