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Why genetics succeeds: an epistemology of scientific practice

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What accounts for the spectacular success of contemporary genetics and allied sciences? The usual explanation of scientific success in mature science assumes that investigation is based on a core theory that grasps the fundamentals underlying the domain being investigated. I am developing an alternative explanation that draws attention to concrete descriptive knowledge, procedural knowledge, and research strategies. These elements are integrated with modest theoretical knowledge to form what I call an investigative matrix. According to this practice-centered epistemology, an investigative matrix can be used to systematically investigate phenomena that are not explained, even potentially explained, by the modest theoretical knowledge upon which the research depends.

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