CALL FOR PAPERS: ISHPSSB SESSION ON SCIENCE EVOLVING

Whether the evolution of science is mere metaphor or historiography on
the
one hand, or part of the causal explanation of science on the other, has
been the subject of much debate in recent years. A landmark work in this
area is David Hull's 1988 _Science as a Process_, which bases the
evolution of science in a more general selection theory, and provides a
detailed case study in an attempt to demonstrate this mechanism in
action.
It is possible to disagree with this view either on its conceptual
basis,
or by attempting to show that the history of science does not bear it
out.

The purpose of this session is to survey a cross-section of the
continuing
debate and in particular, the debate as shaped by the view that science
evolves in accordance with a general account of selection.

I encourage papers in any of the following areas:

*Evolutionary models as useful heuristics or historiographies for
understanding the advancement of science
*Criticisms or defenses of existing accounts of the evolution of science
*Case studies of episodes in the history of science demonstrating or
disproving scientific evolution
*Memetics--theoretical or case studies, as applied to transmission of
theory or methodology in science

Confirmed participants so far: David Hull (Northwestern), Clifford
Hooker
or W.D. Christensen (Newcastle), Sigrid Glenn (North Texas) and Michelle
Little (Northwestern).

Please send your abstracts to me by December 31 at the email address
below. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

The ISHPSSB meetings at Oaxaca, Mexico will be held from July 7-11,
1999.

For information on the conference itself, see
http://www.phil.vt.edu/ishpssb/

Session web page URL (available soon):
http://www.arts.ubc.ca/~ogden/ishpssb.htm

Dawn Ogden
http://www.arts.ubc.ca/~ogden/ogden.htm
Philosophy Department (Buch E-370)
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Christian C. Young
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Department of History, Science, and Culture
Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon   97373
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"The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself."
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