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Whence Philosophy of Biology?

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 58, 2007

14 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2007  

Jason M. Byron

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Abstract

A consensus exists among contemporary philosophers of biology about the history of their field. According to the received view, mainstream philosophy of science in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s focused on physics and general epistemology, neglecting analyses of the 'special sciences', including biology. The subdiscipline of philosophy of biology emerged (and could only have emerged) after the decline of logical positivism in the 1960s and 70s. In this paper, I present bibliometric data from four major philosophy of science journals (Erkenntnis, Philosophy of Science, Synthese, and the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science), covering 1930-1959, which challenge this view.

Keywords: philosophy of biology, history of philosophy of science, bibliometrics

Suggested Citation

Byron, Jason M., Whence Philosophy of Biology?. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 58, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977865

Jason M. Byron (Contact Author)

Department of History and Philosophy of Science ( email )

University of Pittsburgh
1017 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 15260
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.pitt.edu/~jmb165

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