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Chris Young <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 30 Nov 1998 15:06:58 -0800
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Subject:  Re: postdoc, conference, and session announcement
Date:  Sun, 29 Nov 1998 19:49:51 -0200
From:  Lilian Al-Chueyr Pereira Martins <[log in to unmask]>

I have just submitted a proposal for a new session at ISHPSSB, using the
Internet form.  Below you will find a copy of my proposal.

Lilian A. C. Pereira Martins
Group of History and Theory of Science
State University of Campinas, Brazil



    Darwin's theory suffered a series of metamorphoses from the first
edition of the Origin of species onward. Several naturalists, claiming
to follow Charles Darwin, presented conflicting accounts of the
evolution theory. The central aim of this symposium is the discussion of

Darwin's heritage, with a special focus upon controversies among
evolutionists, up to the present day. Works addressing topics that
hitherto have not deserved much attention are especially welcome.
Suggested themes include:

* Was there ever an orthodox Darwinian?
* Is there a Darwinian paradigm or research program?
* What is the methodological and conceptual nucleus of Darwin's
* Metamorphoses of Darwin's theory.
* Darwin's dialogue with contemporary scientists.
* Evolutionary theories inside and outside the Darwinian tradition.
* Evolutionary controversies between Darwinians and between opposing
* The variety of attitudes towards Darwin and his theory.
* The struggle for authority in the field of evolution.
* Ambivalence towards Darwin: respectful disagreement.
* Strategies in the diffusion of evolutionary theories.
* Rhetoric, metaphors and analogies in evolutionist thought.
* Crises in post-Darwinian evolutionary theory.
* Was there an eclipse of Darwinism around 1900?
* Evolutionary synthesis or evolutionary reform?
* Current controversies concerning the foundations of evolution theory.
* Popular and educational accounts of Darwin's theory: science fiction?

Paper abstracts should be sent as soon as possible, no later than
January 10, 1999. If you are interested in contributing a paper to this
session, please contact

Lilian A. C. Pereira Martins
Group of History and Theory of Science
State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
P. O. Box 6059
13081-970 Campinas, SP, Brazil
phone: +
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