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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 24, Issue 2, 2014

Andrzej Gecow
Pages 155-174

Steps or Revolutions—Emotions in Biology

The development of biology too frequently and inappropriately takes on the character of large revolutions instead of consecutive approximations. Revolution means a change of the basic factors of explanation. It leads to struggle and emotions. Revolutions in science and of political systems have common rules and lead to simplifications. I just point out these simplifications, including the lack of grounds for treating many discoveries as revolutions on given scale. Ordering of the range and the importance of the discoveries from Cuvier, Lamarck and Darwin to genetics and Jablonka, is necessary for the abolition of current simplifications and the unblock of the path to the next approximations.