The lure of the simplistic

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dc.contributor.author Dupré, John en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T11:28:24Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:54:40Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T15:51:41Z
dc.date.issued 2002-09 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This paper attacks the perennial philosophical and scientific quest for a simple and unified vision of the world. Without denying the attraction of this vision, I argue that such a goal often seriously distorts our understanding of complex phenomena. The argument is illustrated with reference to simplistic attempts to provide extremely general views of biology, and especially of human nature, through the theory of evolution. Although that theory is a fundamental ingredient of our scientific world view, it provides only one of a number of perspectives that are required for an understanding of biology in general, and human behaviour in paticular. The argument is connected to the replacement of views of science in terms of universal laws with views that emphasise ranges of models more locally suited to specific phenomena. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 69(S3), pp.S284 - S293 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1086/341852 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/48413 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/341852 en_GB
dc.subject human nature en_GB
dc.subject evolutionary theory en_GB
dc.subject human behaviour en_GB
dc.subject biosciences en_GB
dc.title The lure of the simplistic en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T11:28:24Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:54:40Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T15:51:41Z
dc.identifier.issn 0031-8248 en_GB
dc.description © 2002 The Philosophy of Science Association en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Philosophy of Science en_GB


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