Sandra D. Mitchell

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Author(s): Don Howard Reviewed work(s): Source: Philosophy of Science, Vol. 71, No. 5, Proceedings of the 2002 Biennial Meeting of The Philosophy of Science Association<break></break>Part II: Symposia Papers<break></break>Edited by Sandra D. Mitchell (December 2004), pp. 669-682 Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Philosophy of(More)
Philosophical accounts of emergence have been explicated in terms of logical relationships between statements (derivation) or static properties (function and realization). Jaegwon Kim is a modern proponent. A property is emergent if it is not explainable by (or reducible to) the properties of lower level components. This approach, I will argue, is unable to(More)
In this article, we consider the tension between unification and pluralism in biological theory. We begin with a consideration of historical efforts to establish a unified understanding of evolution in the neo-Darwinian synthesis. The fragmentation of the evolutionary synthesis by molecular evolution suggests the limitations of the general unificationist(More)
The standard rationale for the social sciences being separate disciplines from biology rests on the assertion that human social behavior is uniquely complex. Anthropologists and sociologists often argue that human institutions managing the reproductive, productive, and symbolic features of human social life bear only remote connections to the phenomena of(More)
Author(s): P. Kyle Stanford Source: Philosophy of Science, Vol. 70, No. 5, Proceedings of the 2002 Biennial Meeting of The Philosophy of Science AssociationPart I: Contributed PapersEdited by Sandra D. Mitchell (December 2003), pp. 913-925 Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Philosophy of Science Association Stable URL:(More)
The theory of concepts advanced in the dissertation aims at accounting for a) how a concept makes successful practice possible, and b) how a scientific concept can be subject to rational change in the course of history. Traditional accounts in the philosophy of science have usually studied concepts in terms only of their reference; their concern is to(More)
Multilevel research strategies characterize contemporary molecular inquiry into biological systems. We outline conceptual, methodological and explanatory dimensions of these multilevel strategies in microbial ecology, systems biology, protein research, and developmental biology. This review of emerging lines of inquiry in these fields suggests that(More)
Last September we decided to have an orchestra. This was rather like having an idea and finding the bricks and mortar afterwards. Actually it was not bricks and mortar, but human beings, with whom we were concerned, and we felt that our ground plan would have to be fairly elastic to allow for their various idiosyncrasies. We had had a good deal of music in(More)