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Academic & Professional Books  Evolutionary Biology  Evolution

Reconstructing the Past Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference

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By: E Sober
288 pages, Figs
Publisher: MIT Press
Reconstructing the Past
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  • Reconstructing the Past ISBN: 9780262691444 Paperback Apr 1991 Out of Print #12097
  • Reconstructing the Past ISBN: 9780262192736 Hardback Dec 1989 Out of Print #5484
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Seeks to clarify and help resolve the vexing methodological issues that arise when biologists try to answer such questions as whether human beings are more closely related to chimps than they are to gorillas. It explores the philosophical idea of simplicity/parsimony as a useful principle for evaluating taxonomic theories of evolutionary relationships.
`It is an excellent contribution to philosophy of biology and philosophy of science generally.' Philip Kitcher

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Out of Print
By: E Sober
288 pages, Figs
Publisher: MIT Press
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Sober is a philosopher who studies biology, and be brings a rare skill to bear upon the philosophical arguments with which biologists (and others) have tried to justify parsimony.--Mark Ridley, Nature
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