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Interpreting the history of evolutionary biology through a Kuhnian prism : sense or nonsense?

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Traditionally, Thomas S. KuhnU+2019s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) is largely identified with his analysis of the structure of scientific revolutions. Here, we contribute to a minority tradition in the Kuhn literature by interpreting the history of evolutionary biology through the prism of the entire historical developmental model of sciences that he elaborates in The Structure. This research not only reveals a certain match between this model and the history of evolutionary biology but, more importantly, also sheds new light on several episodes in that history, and particularly on the publication of Charles DarwinU+2019s On the Origin of Species (1859), the construction of the modern evolutionary synthesis, the chronic discontent with it, and the latest expression of that discontent, called the extended evolutionary synthesis. Lastly, we also explain why this kind of analysis hasnU+2019t been done before.
ISSN: 1530-9274
Issue: 1
Volume: 29
Pages: 1 - 35
Publication year:2021