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Biology’s last paradigm shift. The transition from natural theology to Darwinism
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Massimo Pigliucci 
Year:  2012 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  14 Pg. 45-58 FullText PDF:  102 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PARA2012-003004
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Evolutionary theory went through several phases ever since the publication of the original Darwin-Wallace paper, including neo-Darwinism, the Modern Synthesis and, possibly, a currently ongoing Extended Synthesis. In this paper I tackle the question of whether evolutionary biology ever underwent anything like a Kuhn-style paradigm shift. I conclude that it did not, and is not likely to do so in the future, although a paradigmlike shift did occur early on, at the transition between natural theology and Darwinism. Parole chiave: Darwinismo, Paradigmi, Sintesi estesa, Sintesi moderna, Teologia naturale
Keywords: Darwinism, Extended Synthesis, Modern Synthesis, Natural theology, Paradigm shift.

Massimo Pigliucci, in "PARADIGMI" 3/2012, pp. 45-58, DOI:10.3280/PARA2012-003004

   

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