Consilience and Retrospection
32 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2013
Date Written: 2013
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
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