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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001

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Rethinking the Structure of Evolutionary Theory for an Extended Synthesis

Rethinking the Structure of Evolutionary Theory for an Extended Synthesis

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(p.403) 16 Rethinking the Structure of Evolutionary Theory for an Extended Synthesis
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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis
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Alan C. Love

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.003.0016

This chapter describes the theoretical implications of Extended Synthesis and addresses the methodological options available for determining aspects of theoretical structure. It uses a “bottom-up” approach focused on evolutionary theory in particular, as opposed to a “top-down” strategy that attempts to characterize the structure of all scientific theories. The chapter shows that there are multiple stable components contained within a broad representation of evolutionary theory. It suggests that the philosophical analysis offered in the chapter regarding the structure of evolutionary theory assists attempts to recover coherence through the vehicle of an Extended Synthesis.

Keywords:   evolutionary theory, Extended Synthesis, bottom-up approach, philosophical analysis, theoretical structure

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