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I am trying to contribute some new case studies to the history of evolutionary biology by attending to episodes that are generally neglected in its mainstream narratives. These episodes are comparably recent, on the one hand, like the turning of the evolutionary maintenance of sexual reproduction into a paradox issue, or the relation of microeconomic theories to optimal foraging models. On the other hand, I am trying to establish a proper historiography of Patrick Matthew (1790 – 1874), where there is currently only the repeating of old tales or tossing about of tall claims. I also explore the role and merit of counterfactual narratives within the history of science using counterfactual histories from evolutionary biology.
Relevant publications are:
Dagg, J. L. (2018). Comparing the respective transmutation mechanisms of Patrick Matthew, Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 123(4), 864-878. https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/bly003
Dagg, J. L. (2017). How counterfactuals of Red-Queen theory shed light on science and its historiography. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 64, 53-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2017.06.001
Some more articles and a book are in the pipeline.
Learn more at https://historiesofecology.blogspot.com/
Contact Joachim at joachim dot dagg at-sign ronininstitute /dot/ org