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Reconstructing the Past: Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference

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By: E Sober

288 pages, Figs

MIT Press

Paperback | Apr 1991 | #12097 | ISBN: 0262691442
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Hardback | Dec 1989 | #5484 | ISBN: 026219273X
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About this book

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

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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