Is Evolutionism a Scientific Theory?

  • Zdzisława Piątek
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 160)


K. R. Popper (1974, 1976) states that the Darwinian theory of evolution is not a testable scientific theory, but only a metaphysical research programme which, although it is not testable, can be rationally justified, criticized and corrected. It can be a foundation for testable scientific theories. According to Popper’s line of reasoning, one should remember that the word theory referring both to Darwin’s theory and the synthetic theory of evolution should be understood metaphorically.


Scientific Theory Evolutionary Stable Strategy Darwinian Theory Synthetic Theory Logical Content 
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  • Zdzisława Piątek
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  1. 1.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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