Darwin's principles of divergence and natural selection: Why Fodor was almost right.

  title={Darwin's principles of divergence and natural selection: Why Fodor was almost right.},
  author={R. Richards},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences},
  volume={43 1},
  • R. Richards
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
Darwin maintained that the principles of natural selection and divergence were the "keystones" of his theory. He introduced the principle of divergence to explain a fundamental feature of living nature: that organisms cluster into hierarchical groups, so as to be classifiable in the Linnaean taxonomic categories of variety, species, genus, and so on. Darwin's formulation of the principle of divergence, however, induces many perplexities. In his Autobiography, he claimed that he had neglected… Expand
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