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    Rethinking the Synthesis Period in Evolutionary Studies.Joe Cain - 2009 - Journal of the History of Biology 42 (4):621 - 648.
    I propose we abandon the unit concept of "the evolutionary synthesis". There was much more to evolutionary studies in the 1920s and 1930s than is suggested in our commonplace narratives of this object in history. Instead, four organising threads capture much of evolutionary studies at this time. First, the nature of species and the process of speciation were dominating, unifying subjects. Second, research into these subjects developed along four main lines, or problem complexes: variation, divergence, isolation, and selection. Some calls (...)
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    Towards a ‘greater degree of integration’: the Society for the Study of Speciation, 1939–41.Joe Cain - 2000 - British Journal for the History of Science 33 (1):85-108.
    Intellectual and professional reforms in evolutionary studies between 1935 and 1950 included substantial expansion, diversification, and realignment of community infrastructure. Theodosius Dobzhansky, Julian Huxley and Alfred Emerson organized the Society for the Study of Speciation at the 1939 AAAS Columbus meeting as one response to concerns about ‘isolation’ and ‘lack of contact’ among speciation workers worried about ‘dispersed’ and ‘scattered’ resources in this newly robust ‘borderline’ domain. Simply constructed, the SSS sought neither the radical reorganization of specialities nor the creation (...)
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    Woodger, positivism, and the evolutionary synthesis.Joe Cain - 2000 - Biology and Philosophy 15 (4):535-551.
    In Unifying Biology, Smocovitis offers a series of claimsregarding the relationship between key actors in the synthesisperiod of evolutionary studies and positivism, especially claimsentailing Joseph Henry Woodger and the Unity of Science Movement.This commentary examines Woodger''s possible relevance to key synthesis actors and challenges Smocovitis'' arguments for theexplanatory relevance of logical positivism, and positivism moregenerally, to synthesis history. Under scrutiny, these arguments areshort on evidence and subject to substantial conceptual confusion.Though plausible, Smocovitis'' minimal interpretation – that somegeneralised form of Comtean (...)
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    Titles and abstracts for the Pitt-London Workshop in the Philosophy of Biology and Neuroscience: September 2001.Karen Arnold, James Bogen, Ingo Brigandt, Joe Cain, Paul Griffiths, Catherine Kendig, James Lennox, Alan C. Love, Peter Machamer, Jacqueline Sullivan, Sandra D. Mitchell, David Papineau, Karola Stotz & D. M. Walsh - 2001
    Titles and abstracts for the Pitt-London Workshop in the Philosophy of Biology and Neuroscience: September 2001.
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    Why be my colleague’s keeper? Moral justifications for peer review.Joe Cain - 1999 - Science and Engineering Ethics 5 (4):531-540.
    Justifying ethical practices is no easy task. This paper considers moral justifications for peer review so as to persuade even the sceptical individualist. Two avenues provide a foundation for that justification: self-interest and social contract theory. A wider notion of “interest” permits the self-interest approach to justify not only submitting one’s own work to peer review but also removing oneself momentarily from the production of primary knowledge to serve as a rigorous, independent, and honest referee. The contract approach offers a (...)
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    Essay Review: Progress and Its Problems. [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 1999 - Journal of the History of Biology 32 (1):197-204.
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    Exploring the borderlands: documents of the Committee on Common Problems of Genetics, Paleontology, and Systematics.Joe Cain (ed.) - 1943 - Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society.
    REPORT OF MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMON PROBLEMS OF GENETICS AND PALEONTOLOGY {]oint Committee of the Divisions of Geology and Geography. and Biology ...
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    Diversifying Assessment 1.Louise Jarvis & Joe Cain - 2002 - Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies 2 (1):24-57.
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    Posters and Oral Presentations in Undergraduate History of Science.Louise Jarvis & Joe Cain - 2003 - Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies 2 (2):50-72.
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    Web Projects in Undergraduate History of Science.Louise Jarvis & Joe Cain - 2003 - Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies 3 (1):27-40.
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    The J. H. B. Bookshelf.Ronald Rainger, Joy Harvey, Mary P. Winsor, Joe Cain & Keith R. Benson - 1997 - Journal of the History of Biology 30 (2):303-315.
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    Epistemic and community transition in american evolutionary studies: The 'committee on common problems of genetics, paleontology, and systematics' (1942-1949). [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 33 (2):283-313.
    The Committee on Common Problems of Genetics, Paleontology, and Systematics (United States National Research Council) marks part of a critical transition in American evolutionary studies. Launched in 1942 to facilitate cross-training between genetics and paleontology, the Committee was also designed to amplify paleontologist voices in modern studies of evolutionary processes. During coincidental absences of founders George Gaylord Simpson and Theodosius Dobzhansky, an opportunistic Ernst Mayr moved into the project's leadership. Mayr used the opportunity for programmatic reforms he had been pursuing (...)
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    Epistemic and community transition in American evolutionary studies: the ‘Committee on Common Problems of Genetics, Paleontology, and Systematics’ (1942–1949). [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 33 (2):283-313.
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    Co-Opting Colleagues: Appropriating Dobzhansky's 1936 Lectures at Columbia. [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 2002 - Journal of the History of Biology 35 (2):207 - 219.
    This paper clarifies the chronology surrounding the population geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky's 1937 book, "Genetics and the Origin of Species." Most historians assume (a) Dobzhansky's book began as a series of 'Jesup lectures,' sponsored by the Department of Zoology at Columbia University in 1936, and (b) before these lectures were given, Dobzhansky knew he would produce a volume for the Columbia Biological Series (CBS). Archival evidence forces a rejection of both assumptions. Dobzhansky's 1936 Columbia lectures were not Jesup lectures. The book (...)
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    Brian J. Ford . Institute of Biology: The First Fifty Years. iv + 135 pp., illus., apps.London: Institute of Biology, 2000. £10. [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 2002 - Isis 93 (1):164-164.
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    Book Review: Edward J. Larson, Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory , xiv + 337 pp., illus., $21.95. [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 2005 - Journal of the History of Biology 38 (1):172-174.
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    Essay Review: Progress and Its Problems. [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 1999 - Journal of the History of Biology 32 (1):197-204.
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    Institute Of Biology: The First Fifty Years. [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 2002 - Isis 93:164-164.
    After five years of consultation, the Institute of Biology formally organized in early 1950. Its goals were twofold: first, to watch relevant legislation and provide the voice of British biologists on international issues; second, to serve the labor and community needs of British biology in both academic and industrial sectors. Years later the institute expanded to incorporate other roles: consultant accreditation, biology education, degree regulation, and history of biology.This anthology celebrates the institute's fiftieth anniversary. Short papers written by members of (...)
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    Review: Progress and Its Problems. [REVIEW]Joe Cain - 1999 - Journal of the History of Biology 32 (1):197 - 204.
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