Viewing History of Science as Compiled Hindsight

Lindley Darden

This paper argues that the history of science can be used as a source for constructing abstract theory types to aid in solving recurring problem types. Two theory types are discussed, selection theories and instructive theories, which aid in forming hypotheses to solve fitness problems. Providing cases from which to construct theory types is one of several ways in which the history of science can be viewed as "compiled hindsight."


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