The 'Role' a Concept Plays in Science - The Case of Homology

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Brigandt, Ingo
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This article tries to clarify the idea that a concept plays a certain role for a scientific field or a research program. The discussion is based on a case study of the homology concept in biology. In particular, I examine how homology plays a different role for comparative, developmental, and molecular biology. The aspects that may constitute the role of a concept emerge from this discussion.