Acta Biotheoretica

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 274–301

The relation between philosophy of science and biology exemplified by the problem of explanation

  • W. Van Laar
  • H. Verhoog

DOI: 10.1007/BF01557182

Cite this article as:
Van Laar, W. & Verhoog, H. Acta Biotheor (1972) 21: 274. doi:10.1007/BF01557182


This paper contains some considerations on the relation between philosophy of science and science, in particular biology. There is a contrast between formalistic and pragmatic approaches to the structure of scientific thought, which is illustrated by the different viewpoints on the nature of explanation. In an appendix some aspects of the logical structure of teleological explanation are discussed.

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© E. J. Brill 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Van Laar
    • 1
  • H. Verhoog
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituut voor Theoretische Biologie der RijksuniversiteitLeiden

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