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    The economy of nature: the structure of evolution in Linnaeus, Darwin, and the modern synthesis
    European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8 (3): 435-454. 2017.
    We argue that the economy of nature constitutes an invocation of structure in the biological sciences, one largely missed by philosophers of biology despite the turn in recent years toward structural explanations throughout the philosophy of science. We trace a portion of the history of this concept, beginning with the theologically and economically grounded work of Linnaeus, moving through Darwin’s adaptation of the economy of nature and its reconstitution in genetic terms during the first deca…Read more
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    There is a fairly longstanding distinction between what are called the ideographic as opposed to nomothetic sciences. The nomothetic sciences, such as physics, offer up explanations in terms of the laws and regular operations of nature. The ideographic sciences, such as natural history, cast explanations in terms of narratives. This paper offers an account of what is involved in offering an explanatory narrative in the historical sciences. I argue that narrative explanations involve two chief co…Read more