Essays on Economic Change and its Theory
Chapter 6: Generic Features of Evolution and Its Continuity: A Transdisciplinary Perspective
AbstractBecause of the intellectual attraction of the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution, its concepts are often borrowed to conceptualized evolutionary change also in non-biological domains. However, a heuristic strategy like that is problematic. An attempt therefore is made to identify generic features of evolution which transcend domain-specific characteristics. Epistemological, conceptual, and methodological implications are discussed, and the ontological question is raised how non-biological evolutionary theories can be accomodated within the Darwinian world view of modern sciences.
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