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The Evolution of Scientific Lineages

Michael Bradie
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1990, Volume Two: Symposia and Invited Papers (1990), pp. 245-254
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/193072
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

The fundamental dialectic of Science as a Process is the interaction between two narrative levels. At one level, the book is a historical narrative of one aspect of one ongoing problem in systematics. At the second level, Hull presents a theoretical model of the scientific process which draws heavily on invoked similarities between biological and scientific change. I first situate the model as one alternative among several which loosely fit under the umbrella of 'evolutionary epistemologies.' Second, I explore one of the implications of Hull's model, namely, that insofar as scientific theories are [parts of] "conceptual lineages," they are "conceptual individuals."

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