Article ID: CBB000036830

Metaphysical foundations of the evolutionary synthesis: A historiographical note (1994)


Description “I begin by demonstrating how the theoretical syntheses sought by two German zoologists of the interwar period, Alfred Kühn and Richard Woltereck, were constructed upon an anti-reductionist metaphysics. The following section considers whether the architects of the evolutionary synthesis might have endorsed a similar metaphysics. In the conclusion I explore how study of the evolutionary synthesis from this perspective might shed light on a more general question: the heuristic function performed by metaphysical assumptions in the biological sciences.”

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Authors & Contributors
Harwood, Jonathan H.
Galperin, Charles
Flach, Sabine
Ulrich Kattmann
De Biasi, Marius
D'Agostino, Salvo
Journal of the History of Biology
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau
Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung
Ashgate Publishing
Cambridge University Press
University of Minnesota
Modern Synthesis (biology)
Kühn, Alfred
Woltereck, Richard
Levi-Montalcini, Rita
Darwin, Charles Robert
Mitchell, Peter Chalmers
Goldschmidt, Richard Benedict
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
British Isles

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