The Metaphysics of Evolution

  title={The Metaphysics of Evolution},
  author={David L. Hull},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={309 - 337}
  • D. Hull
  • Published 1 December 1967
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Extreme variation in the meaning of the term “species” throughout the history of biology has often frustrated attempts of historians, philosophers and biologists to communicate with one another about the transition in biological thinking from the static species concept to the modern notion of evolving species. The most important change which has underlain all the other fluctuations in the meaning of the word “species” is the change from it denoting such metaphysical entities as essences, Forms… 

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  • 1978
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  • R. G. Delisle
  • Philosophy
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  • 2019
We argue that Charles Darwin’s methodological commitments in the Origin of Species which appeal to vera causa, uniformitarianism, gradualism, actualism, and extrapolationism constitute a conceptual

Scientific pluralism and the plurality of the sciences: Comments on David Hull's Science as a Process

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Contemporary Systematic Philosophies

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  • D. Hull
  • Biology
    Evolution; international journal of organic evolution
  • 1967
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  • C. Darwin
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    The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
  • 1959
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