General discussion

Gerard A.J.M. Jagers op Akkerhuis*

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The general discussion focuses on some aspects that are of overarching relevance for all the preceding chapters. The fi rst subject that is discussed is the relationship between systems theory and the philosophy of science. After a short summary of the principles of system science and the philosophy of science, the criteria are discussed that a ranking must meet in order to be viewed as a scientifi c ranking. The second subject concerns the relationship between the objects-based graph-pattern of Darwinian evolution and the extended evolutionary synthesis. Thirdly, attention is paid to the question of how to deal with the new terminology about patterns of Darwinian evolution, compared to the classical terminology about evolution as a process. It is proposed that the concept of generational morphing could be used as an alternative term for the use of evolution as a process. The discussion of these general subjects serves as a stepping stone towards the detailed discussions (in Chap. 18) of the points that are raised by our reviewers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution and Transitions in Complexity: The Science of Hierarchical Organization in Nature
EditorsGerard A.J.M. Jagers op Akkerhuis
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
ISBN (Electronic)9783319438023
ISBN (Print)9783319438016
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Jagers op Akkerhuis, G. A. J. M. (2016). General discussion. In G. A. J. M. Jagers op Akkerhuis (Ed.), Evolution and Transitions in Complexity: The Science of Hierarchical Organization in Nature (pp. 233-252). Springer International Publishing Switzerland.