Book ID: CBB001251138

Paleontology: A Philosophical Introduction (2011)


Turner, Derek D. (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: xi + 227 pp.; ill.; bibl.; index
Language: English

In the wake of the paleobiological revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, paleontologists continue to investigate far-reaching questions about how evolution works. Many of those questions have a philosophical dimension. How is macroevolution related to evolutionary changes within populations? Is evolutionary history contingent? How much can we know about the causes of evolutionary trends? How do paleontologists read the patterns in the fossil record to learn about the underlying evolutionary processes? Derek Turner explores these and other questions, introducing the reader to exciting recent work in the philosophy of paleontology and to theoretical issues including punctuated equilibria and species selection. He also critically examines some of the major accomplishments and arguments of paleontologists of the last 40 years.

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Barney, Rachel
Robert, Jason Scott
Mahner, Martin
Bunge, Mario
Downes, Stephen M.
Haila, Yrjö
Biology and Philosophy
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British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Rinascimento: Rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Cambridge University Press
MIT Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Philosophy of science
History as a discipline; chronology; study of the past
Ramus, Petrus
Descartes, René
Kant, Immanuel
Cohen, Hermann
Dilthey, Wilhelm
Hellenistic world
Early modern
20th century
17th century
16th century
18th century
School of Milan

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