Contingency Readings

In Class matters on April 21, 2010 by Joshua Smart

Gentle Fellow PhilSciers,

The readings folder for next week contains three required readings. The primary one is John Beatty’s formulation of the evolutionary contingency thesis (ECT) which states that there are no distinctive laws of biology. For Sober’s response you can ignore the parts about Rosenberg. We’ll just be concerned with the first five page, where he is directly interacting with Beatty. Finally, Brandon provides a third view of the relationship between laws and biology, arguing on a rather different tack than Beatty or Sober.

There is one reading in the recommended folder–a recent piece by Morgan supposedly providing a counterexample to Beatty. It’s worth skimming to think about the ways in which we might learn that Beatty is wrong.


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