Article ID: CBB000550930

Darwin's Methodological Evolution (2005)


Lennox, James G. (Author)

Journal of the History of Biology
Volume: 38
Pages: 85--99

Publication Date: 2005
Edition Details: Part of a special issue: The “Darwinian Revolution”: Whether, What and Whose?
Language: English

A necessary condition for having a revolution named after you is that you are an innovator in your field. I argue that if Charles Darwin meets this condition, it is as a philosopher and methodologist. In 1991, I made the case for Darwinrsquos innovative use of ldquothought experimentrdquo in the Origin. Here I place this innovative practice in the context of Darwinrsquos methodological commitments, trace its origins back into Darwinrsquos notebooks, and pursue Darwinrsquos suggestion that it owes its inspiration to Charles Lyell.

Included in

Article Ruse, Michael (2005) The Darwinian Revolution, as Seen in 1979 and as Seen Twenty-Five Years Later in 2004. Journal of the History of Biology (p. 3). unapi

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Article Hull, David L.; (2011)
Defining Darwinism (/isis/citation/CBB001023980/)

Article Marco Mazzeo; (2013)
Gli errori di Darwin? Evoluzione e storia naturale (/isis/citation/CBB744523130/)

Book Brown, William; Fabian, Andrew C.; (2010)
Darwin (/isis/citation/CBB001023129/)

Article Haufe, Chris; (2012)
Darwin's Laws (/isis/citation/CBB001221610/)

Book Henry M. Cowles; (2020)
The Scientific Method: An Evolution of Thinking from Darwin to Dewey (/isis/citation/CBB285563664/)

Essay Review Wilner, Eduardo; (2001)
The Evolution of Science (/isis/citation/CBB000100679/)

Book Brook, Andrew; Ross, Don; (2002)
Daniel Dennett (/isis/citation/CBB000600556/)

Article Ruse, Michael; (2014)
Was There a Darwinian Revolution? Yes, No, and Maybe! (/isis/citation/CBB001500023/)

Article Delisle, Richard G.; (2014)
Can a Revolution Hide Another One? Charles Darwin and the Scientific Revolution (/isis/citation/CBB001500022/)

Chapter Collins, M. W.; (2004)
Man the Engineer: An interpretation of Homo sapiens Based on Engineering Thermodynamics (/isis/citation/CBB000401090/)

Article Martins dos Reis, Claudio Ricardo; (2013)
A argumentação darwiniana em A origem das espécies: de casos específicos a princípios gerais (/isis/citation/CBB001212570/)

Article Dupré, John; Gagnier, Regenia; (2010)
Darwin and Genomics: Regenia Gagnier interviews John Dupré (/isis/citation/CBB001022450/)

Article Tucker, Aviezer; (2011)
Historical Science, Over- and Underdetermined: A Study of Darwin's Inference of Origins (/isis/citation/CBB001230040/)

Article Henry M. Cowles; (2017)
On the Origin of Theories: Charles Darwin’s Vocabulary of Method (/isis/citation/CBB343863485/)

Article Kuhle, Matthias; Kuhle, Sabine; (2010)
Connecting Information with Scientific Method: Darwin's Significance for Epistemology (/isis/citation/CBB001230058/)

Article Dilley, Stephen; (2013)
The Evolution of Methodological Naturalism in the Origin of Species (/isis/citation/CBB001211923/)

Multimedia Object Lukas Rieppel; Cowles, Henry M.; (2020)
Henry M. Cowles, “The Scientific Method: An Evolution of Thinking from Darwin to Dewey” (Harvard UP, 2020) (/isis/citation/CBB489190367/)

Article Weber, Bruce H.; (2007)
Fact, Phenomenon, and Theory in the Darwinian Research Tradition (/isis/citation/CBB001230132/)

Book Ruse, Michael; (2013)
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought (/isis/citation/CBB001211881/)

Article Mallet, James; (2010)
Why Was Darwin's View of Species Rejected by Twentieth Century Biologists? (/isis/citation/CBB001252809/)

Authors & Contributors
Cowles, Henry M.
Ruse, Michael
Wilner, Eduardo
Ruiz, Rosaura
Ayala, Francisco José
Collins, M. W.
Biology and Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Filosofia e História da Biologia
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University Press
Philosophy of science
Methodology of science; scientific method
Darwin, Charles Robert
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Dennett, Daniel Clement
Dupré, John
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Mayr, Ernst
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
Great Britain

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment