Generic Features of Evolution and Its Continuity: A Transdisciplinary Perspective

Citation data:

THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 2171-679X, Vol: 18, Issue: 3, Page: 274-288

Publication Year:
2003
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10519
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.429
Author(s):
Witt, Ulrich
Publisher(s):
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
article description
Because of the intellectual attraction of the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution, its concepts are often borrowed to conceptualized evolutionary change also in non-biological domains. However, a heuristic strategy like that is problematic. An attempt is therefore made to identify generic features of evolution which transcend domain-specific characteristics. Epistemological, conceptual, and methodological implications are discussed, and the ontological question is raised how non-biological evolutionary theories can be accommodated within the Darwinian world view of modern sciences.