© 1987

Evolutionary Theory in Social Science

  • Michael Schmid
  • Franz M. Wuketits

Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLA, volume 4)

About this book


In retrospect the 19th century tmdoubtedly seems to be the century of evolutionism. The 'discovery of time' and therewith the experience of variability was made by many sciences: not only historians worked on the elaboration and interpretation of this discovery, but also physicists, geographers, biologists and economists, demographers, archaelogists, and even philosophers. The successful empirical fotmdation of evolutive processes by Darwin and his disciples suggested Herbert Spencer's vigorously pursued efforts in searching for an extensive' catalogue of prime and deduced evolutionary principles that would allow to integrate the most different disciplines of natural and social sciences as well as the efforts of philosophers of ethics and epistemologists. Soon it became evident, however, that the claim for integration anticipated by far the actual results of these different disciplines. Darwin I s theory suffered from the fact that in the beginning a hereditary factor which could have his theory could not be detected, while the gainings of grotmd supported in the social sciences got lost in consequence of the completely ahistorical or biologistic speculations of some representatives of the evolutionary research programm and common socialdarwinistic misinterpretations.


Karl R. Popper evolution relativism social theory theory of evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Schmid
    • 1
  • Franz M. Wuketits
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of AugsburgAugsburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Evolutionary Theory in Social Science
  • Editors M. Schmid
    Franz M. Wuketits
  • Series Title Theory and Decision Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2612-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8277-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-4005-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 263
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Biology
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