Critical review: Sober's philosophy of biology and his philosophy of biology


Journal Article

An examination of the foundations of Elliot Sober's philosophy of biology as reflected in his introductory textbook of that title reveals substantial and controversial philosophical commitments. Among these are the claim that all understanding is historical, the assertion that there are biological laws but they are necessary truths, the view that the fundamental theory in biology is a narrative, and the suggestion that biology adverts to ungrounded probabilistic propensities of the sort to be met with elsewhere only in quantum mechanics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosenberg, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 452 - 464

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-8248

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/289921

Citation Source

  • Scopus