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Popper’s Shifting Appraisal of Evolutionary Theory (2017)


Karl Popper argued in 1974 that evolutionary theory contains no testable laws and is therefore a metaphysical research program. Four years later, he said that he had changed his mind. Here we seek to understand Popper’s initial position and his subsequent retraction. We argue, contrary to Popper’s own assessment, that he did not change his mind at all about the substance of his original claim. We also explore how Popper’s views have ramifications for contemporary discussion of the nature of laws and the structure of evolutionary theory.

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Authors & Contributors
Nola, Robert
Kragh, Helge S.
Norton, J. D.
Sankey, Howard
Sankey, H.
Norton, John D.
Perspectives on Science
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Cambridge University Press
Kluwer Academic
Peter Lang
Mohr Siebeck
Philosophy of science
History of philosophy of science
Philosophers of science, modern
Popper, Karl Raimund
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Polanyi, Michael
Feyerabend, Paul K.
Selz, Otto
Lakatos, Imre
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late

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