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Convergence as Evidence

Currie, Adrian


The comparative method grants epistemic access to the biological past. Comparing lineages provides empirical traction on both hypotheses about particular lineages and models of trait evolution. Understanding this evidential role is important. Although philosophers have recently turned their attention to relations of descent (homology), little work exists exploring the status of evidence from convergences (analogy). I argue that, where they exist, convergences play a central role in the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science


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