A Thought on the Continuity Hypothesis and the Origin of Societal Evolution
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the continuity hypothesis in Witt  and to consider the origin of societal evolution. The continuity hypothesis which is addressed in Witt  is an assumption that evolution of life and society are continuing and evolutionary change continues beyond the range of what can be explained by Darwin’s theory of evolution. In addition to this point, Witt  has claimed that the assumption gives the ontological basis of evolutionary economics.1 According to the continuity hypothesis, societal evolution and organic evolution must be differently separated from each other, because, since these evolutions are separated, it can be insisted that there is continuity between them. So where is the continuing point of organic evolution and societal evolution? Where can be found the range which can not be explained by Darwin’s theory of evolution? This is the first question of this paper and the author holds that the rhetoric in the continuity hypothesis is artful and it attracts readers, though some parts of the rhetoric seem odd.
KeywordsCultural Evolution Small Band Continuity Hypothesis Great Leap Societal Evolution
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