Article ID: CBB001421706

Darwin's Principle: The Use of Contrastive Reasoning in the Confirmation of Evolution (2014)


I address Elliott Sober's reconstruction of the confirmation of evolution and offer a seemingly minor but important correction. I then survey evolutionary thought in Darwin as well as both before and after Darwin to demonstrate my modified reconstruction. Finally, I explain how this correction reflects the richness of evolutionary thought.

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Authors & Contributors
Shermer, Michael Brant
Pelayo, Francisco
Larson, Edward John
Bowler, Peter J.
Reiss, John O.
Kragh, Helge S.
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Jewish History
Journal of Biosciences
British Journal for the History of Science
Science and Education
Oxford University Press
Nivola Libros y Ediciones
The Modern Library (Random House)
University of California Press
Alfred A. Knopf
Cambridge University Press
Natural theology
Science and religion
Intelligent design (teleology)
Natural selection
Darwin, Charles Robert
Paley, William
Gray, Asa
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Cuvier, Georges
Crookes, William
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
18th century
17th century
Great Britain
United States
Nova Scotia
United Kingdom

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