The Logical Structure of Darwin’s Argument
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The interesting methodological issue is this: to what extent was Darwin justified in accepting2 his theory? Were the reasons he gave good reasons? We have already, at various points, attended to various aspects of Darwin’s marshalling of evidence, without, however, trying explicitly to describe in the abstract terms of the philosopher of science or methodologist the inference patterns involved. The issues of what these patterns are and the extent to which they are justified are raised by the questions we have just asked.
KeywordsNatural Selection Logical Structure Artificial Selection Inference Pattern Independent Support
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