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Pluralism and epistemic goals: why the social sciences will (probably) not be synthesised by evolutionary theory

Lohse, Simon (2022) Pluralism and epistemic goals: why the social sciences will (probably) not be synthesised by evolutionary theory. [Preprint]

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Abstract

This article discusses Mesoudi et al.’s suggestion to synthesise the social sciences based on a theory of cultural evolution. In view of their proposal, I shall discuss two key questions. (I) Is their theory of cultural evolution a promising candidate to synthesise the social sciences? (II) What is the added value of evolutionary approaches for the social sciences? My aim is to highlight some hitherto underestimated challenges for transformative evolutionary approaches to the social sciences that come into view when one looks at these questions against the backdrop of actual scientific practice in the social sciences.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lohse, Simonsimon.lohse@uni-luebeck.de
Keywords: cultural evolution, unity of science, quantification, idealisation, naturalism, interpretationalism.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. S. Lohse
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2022 14:07
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 14:07
Item ID: 20107
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: October 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20107

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