Stasis and change: the evolution of a philosopher

A review of The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher, edited by M. Couch and J. Pfeifer 2016.

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Abstract

The theory of punctuated equilibrium holds that long periods of morphological stasis in fossil lineages are interrupted by bursts of geologically rapid evolutionary change. Philip Kitcher’s long and distinguished career is not directly analogous to this pattern, but his philosophy exhibits stasis and change. He has both maintained a position or line of argument consistently and shifted significantly in his views. These evolutionary patterns are on display in the volume co-edited by Mark Couch and Jessica Pfeifer, both of whom were advised by Kitcher though at different institutions. The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher consists of an introduction plus 11 chapters devoted to central themes in Kitcher’s oeuvre. In each chapter, distinguished colleagues offer sustained engagement with one theme followed by a succinct and magnanimous response from Kitcher. The format is illuminating and helps display the complex evolutionary dynamics in the thought of an eminent contemporary philosopher.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalMetascience
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

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Stasis and change: the evolution of a philosopher : A review of The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher, edited by M. Couch and J. Pfeifer 2016. / Love, Alan C.

In: Metascience, Vol. 26, No. 2, 07.2017, p. 223-227.

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