The Use and Abuse of Sir Karl Popper

@article{Hull1999TheUA,
  title={The Use and Abuse of Sir Karl Popper},
  author={David L. Hull},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={1999},
  volume={14},
  pages={481-504}
}
  • D. Hull
  • Published 1 October 1999
  • Biology
  • Biology and Philosophy
Karl Popper has been one of the few philosophers of sciences who has influenced scientists. I evaluate Popper's influence on our understanding of evolutionary theory from his earliest publications to the present. Popper concluded that three sorts of statements in evolutionary biology are not genuine laws of nature. I take him to be right on this score. Popper's later distinction between evolutionary theory as a metaphysical research program and as a scientific theory led more than one scientist… 

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