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What is innovation? New lessons from biology

Martínez, Sergio F. (2019) What is innovation? New lessons from biology. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (3). pp. 343-355. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

During the 19thcentury, evolutionary models of innovation followed a famous thesis of continuity, according to which methods and explanatory patterns of biology should have an important say in the social sciences. In the 20th century, this thesis was considered unacceptable as part of the sharp separation of biology from the social sciences. Recent advances in the biological sciences suggest a way in which a version of the thesis of continuity can be reinstated, to suggest new ways of explaining innovation in the social sciences. Key kinds of innovation can be explained in terms of the evolution of robust complex systems, interpreted as processes of path creation.


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CreatorsEmailORCID
Martínez, Sergio F.sfmar@filosoficas.unam.mx0000-0001-8108-8400
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: nnovation, innovability, evolutionary models of innovation, robustness, path creation, protocols
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 00:24
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 00:24
Item ID: 16705
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.18863
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Date: September 2019
Page Range: pp. 343-355
Volume: 34
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16705

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