Consilience and Retrospection

32 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2013

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This paper reexamines Stephen Jay Gould's critique of E. O. Wilson's notion of consilience, going back to William Whewell's original formulation of the concept. The element of hermeneutic hindsight which inheres in the process of consilience is clarified and brought to the fore as a notion pertaining to cognitive narratology.

Keywords: Consilience, Retrospection, Science, Knowledge, Understanding, Cognition, Hermeneutics, Hindsight, Cognitive narratology, E.O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould, William Whewell

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Consilience and Retrospection (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2344625 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2344625

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

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Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

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