How Knowledge Grows: The Evolutionary Development of Scientific Practice

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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.0 inches | 1.23 pounds

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About the Author

Chris Haufe is Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.


"Haufe's book offers a compelling case for why we should take the analogy between science and Darwinian evolution seriously. He shows that Darwinian selection is at the core of science's production of knowledge--growing it ever deeper and ever broader with time."
--Ahmed Al-Juhany, Quarterly Review of Biology

"Overall, [How Knowledge Grows] provides a fascinating, clearly argued, and at times compelling account. There is grandeur in this view of science, and this book might provide a promising starting point for further research into an evolutionary understanding of the scientific process. This should be essential reading for anyone interested in the history or epistemology of science, as well as the philosophy of biology or paleontology."

"Well-informed, enjoyable to read, and well-argued. It provides a much-needed update to an important line of thought in 20th century philosophy of science, and will be useful for researchers working on a diverse range of issues: from traditional epistemological questions such as demarcating science from nonscience; to the application of cultural evolutionary theory in the philosophy of science in practice; to the history of science."