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Gould’s Laws

Chris Haufe
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 82, No. 1 (January 2015), pp. 1-20
DOI: 10.1086/678979
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/678979
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

Much of Stephen Jay Gould’s legacy is dominated by his views on the contingency of evolutionary history expressed in his classic Wonderful Life. However, Gould also campaigned relentlessly for a “nomothetic” paleontology. How do these commitments hang together? I argue that Gould’s conception of science and natural law combined with his commitment to contingency to produce an evolutionary science centered around the formulation of higher-level evolutionary laws.

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