Modeling evolution in theory and practice

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Plutynski, Anya
Title Modeling evolution in theory and practice
Date 2001
Description This paper uses a number of examples of diverse types and functions of models in evolutionary biology to argue that the demarcation between theory and practice, or "theory model" and "data model." is often difficult to make. It is shown how both mathematical and laboratory models function as plausibility arguments, existence proofs, and refutations in the investigation of questions about the pattern and process of evolutionary history. I consider the consequences of this for the semantic approach to theories and theory confirmation. The paper attempts to reconcile the insights of both critics and advocates of the semantic approach to theories.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Volume 68
First Page S225
Last Page S236
Subject Models; Theory; Data; Evolutionary biology
Subject LCSH Evolution
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Plutynski, A. (2001). Modeling evolution in theory and practice. Philosophy; of Science 68, S225-36.
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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