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Doing Integrated History and Philosophy of Science: A Case Study of the Origin of Genetics


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 320)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Yafeng Shan
    Pages 1-11
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Yafeng Shan
      Pages 15-35
    3. Yafeng Shan
      Pages 37-51
    4. Yafeng Shan
      Pages 53-69
  4. Part II

  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Yafeng Shan
      Pages 137-157
    3. Yafeng Shan
      Pages 159-175
    4. Yafeng Shan
      Pages 177-192
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-197

About this book


This book offers an integrated historical and philosophical examination of the origin of genetics. The author contends that an integrated HPS analysis helps us to have a better understanding of the history of genetics, and sheds light on some general issues in the philosophy of science. This book consists of three parts. It begins with historical problems, revisiting the significance of the work of Mendel, de Vries, and Weldon. Then it turns to integrated HPS problems, developing an exemplar-based analysis of the development and the progress in early genetics. Finally, it discusses philosophical problems: conceptual change, evidence, and theory choice. Part I lays out a new historiography, serving as a basis for the discussions in part II and part III. Part II introduces a new integrated HPS method to analyse and interpret the historiography in Part I and to re-examine the philosophical issues in Part III. Part III develops new philosophical accounts which will in turn make a better sense of the history of scientific practice more generally. This book provides a practical defence of integrated HPS: the best way to defend integrated HPS is to do it.


Conceptual Change Kuhn’s Legacy Origins of Genetics Scientific Change Scientific Progress Mendel Mendelian Genetics Hypothetico-Deductivism history of genetics hypothetico-deductive theory of confirmation exemplar-based approach William Bateson Charles Darwin

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

About the authors

Yafeng Shan is research associate in philosophy at the University of Kent. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Tel Aviv University and Durham University. He completed his PhD at University College London. His research interest is primarily in philosophy of science, epistemology, and metaphysics. He has published research articles in Philosophy of ScienceSynthese, and Philosophy Compass.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Doing Integrated History and Philosophy of Science: A Case Study of the Origin of Genetics
  • Authors Yafeng Shan
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Boston Stud. Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-50616-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-50619-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-50617-9
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-7942
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 197
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History of Biology
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