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Introduction: Selectionist Reasoning as a Tool of Thought

John Ziman

in The Evolution of Cultural Entities

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780197262627
eISBN:
9780191771989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262627.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter focuses on a new mode of metascientific reasoning that applies the underlying rationale of Charles Darwin's explanation of the ‘Origin of Species’ to many other examples of historical ... More


The Evolution of Cultural Entities

Michael Wheeler, John Ziman, and Margaret A. Boden (eds)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780197262627
eISBN:
9780191771989
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262627.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

Ever since Charles Darwin, scholars have noted that cultural entities such as languages, laws, firms, and theories seem to ‘evolve’ through sequences of variation, selection and replication, in many ... More


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