Biology’s last paradigm shift. The transition from natural theology to Darwinism

Journal title PARADIGMI
Author/s Massimo Pigliucci
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/3 Language English
Pages 14 P. 45-58 File size 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.

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Massimo Pigliucci, Biology’s last paradigm shift. The transition from natural theology to Darwinism in "PARADIGMI" 3/2012, pp 45-58, DOI: 10.3280/PARA2012-003004