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    Multiple explanations in Darwinian evolutionary theory.Walter J. Bock - 2009 - Acta Biotheoretica 58 (1):65-79.
    Variational evolutionary theory as advocated by Darwin is not a single theory, but a bundle of related but independent theories, namely: (a) variational evolution; (b) gradualism rather than large leaps; (c) processes of phyletic evolution and of speciation; (d) causes for the formation of varying individuals in populations and for the action of selective agents; and (e) all organisms evolved from a common ancestor. The first four are nomological-deductive explanations and the fifth is historical-narrative. Therefore evolutionary theory must be divided (...)
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    Haunt me no longer.Arthur L. Caplan & Walter J. Bock - 1988 - Biology and Philosophy 3 (4):443-454.
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    Dual Causality and the Autonomy of Biology.Walter J. Bock - 2017 - Acta Biotheoretica 65 (1):63-79.
    Ernst Mayr’s concept of dual causality in biology with the two forms of causes continues to provide an essential foundation for the philosophy of biology. They are equivalent to functional and evolutionary causes with both required for full biological explanations. The natural sciences can be classified into nomological, historical nomological and historical dual causality, the last including only biology. Because evolutionary causality is unique to biology and must be included for all complete biological explanations, biology is autonomous from the physical (...)
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    Two evolutionary theories—a discussion.Walter J. Bock - 1963 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 14 (54):140-146.
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    Evolution.Walter J. Bock - 2009 - Bioessays 31 (3):361-362.
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    Ernst Mayr, naturalist: His contributions to systematics and evolution. [REVIEW]Walter J. Bock - 1994 - Biology and Philosophy 9 (3):267-327.
    Ernst Mayr''s scientific career continues strongly 70 years after he published his first scientific paper in 1923. He is primarily a naturalist and ornithologist which has influenced his basic approach in science and later in philosophy and history of science. Mayr studied at the Natural History Museum in Berlin with Professor E. Stresemann, a leader in the most progressive school of avian systematics of the time. The contracts gained through Stresemann were central to Mayr''s participation in a three year expedition (...)
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    Towards a new metaphysics: The need for an enlarged philosophy ofscience. [REVIEW]Walter J. Bock - 2000 - Biology and Philosophy 15 (4):603-621.
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