Molecular Evolution Activities

This is a comprehensive bibliography (under construction) of primary and secondary sources on the neutral theory of molecular evolution. It currently covers the period 1973-2001.

Author :

Beatty, J.

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Title :

Why do biologists argue like they do?

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Philosophy of Science

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Short Title :

Why do biologists argue like they do?

Alternate Journal :

Philos. Sci.

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Abstract :

"Theoretical pluralism" obtains when there are good evidential reasons for accommodating multiple theories of the same domain. Issues of "relative significance" often arise in connection with the investigation of such domains. In this paper, I describe and give examples of theoretical pluralism and relative significance issues. Then I explain why theoretical pluralism so often obtains in biology-and why issues of relative significance arise-in terms of evolutionary contingencies and the paucity or lack of laws of biology. Finally, I turn from explanation to justification, and raise questions about the purpose and value of concerns and disagreements about relative significance.

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Times Cited: 3 S ZD654 PHIL SCI
 -- contributed by John Beatty, March 29, 2002