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Structure and Dynamics of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory

Juha Tuomi
Systematic Zoology
Vol. 30, No. 1 (Mar., 1981), pp. 22-31
DOI: 10.2307/2992299
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2992299
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Structure and Dynamics of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory
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Abstract

A dynamic multi-level model of Darwinian evolutionary theory is presented. Darwinian evolutionary theory consists of interconnected sub-theories and theories at different levels of abstraction. The theory of natural selection is the generic core of the whole structure. Few or no predictions can be directly derived from the generic core. The theory of natural selection generates specific theories and theoretical models which can be empirically tested. Theorizing procceds through deductive and inductive inferences. The dynamic multi-level model assumes that Darwinian evolutionary theory consists of several competing research programmes and the importance of a pluralistic interpretation of Darwinism is emphasised.

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