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The Coherence of Evolutionary Theory with Its Neighboring Theories

Park, Seungbae (2019) The Coherence of Evolutionary Theory with Its Neighboring Theories. [Preprint]

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Evolutionary theory coheres with its neighboring theories, such as the theory of plate tectonics, molecular biology, electromagnetic theory, and the germ theory of disease. These neighboring theories were previously unconceived, but they were later conceived, and then they cohered with evolutionary theory. Since evolutionary theory has been strengthened by its several neighboring theories that were previously unconceived, it will be strengthened by infinitely many hitherto unconceived neighboring theories. This argument for evolutionary theory echoes the problem of unconceived alternatives. Ironically, however, the former recommends that we take the realist attitude toward evolutionary theory, and the latter recommends that we take the antirealist attitude toward it.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Park, Seungbaenature@unist.ac.kr
Keywords: Coherence, Evolutionary Theory, Joint Explanation, Unconceived Neighboring Theories
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2019 05:40
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2019 05:40
Item ID: 15670
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15670

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