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Teleology Redux

  • Michael Ruse
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 67)

Abstract

Although Mario Bunge is best known as a philosopher of physics — and deservedly so — he has in fact turned his keen attention to just about every other area of science. Truly he might be called the twentieth-century’s answer to William Whewell!1And like Whewell, Bunge has considered the biological sciences, and has things of interest to say about them. I think it is fair to conclude that, generally speaking, Bunge and I agree about biology. We are both suspicious of attempts to put biology apart from the physical sciences. In particular we both think that some sort of axiomatic or hypothetico-deductive ideal is appropriate in the biological sciences as well as in physics and chemistry [Bunge 1967; Ruse 1973].

Keywords

Organic World Heat Regulation Natural Theology Teleological Explanation Adaptationist Program 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Ruse
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GuelphCanada

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