Exemplarising the Origin of Genetics

Yafeng Shan*

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Understanding the origin of genetics has been a persistent problem in the history and philosophy of biology: Is Mendel the founder of genetics? If so, in what sense? What was Mendel’s contribution to the origin of genetics? What role did Mendel’s work play in the “rediscovery” in 1900? What was the contribution made by the “rediscoverers” to the origin of genetics? What is a best way to analyse and interpret the origin of genetics, from a philosophical point of view? This chapter provides a new philosophical account of the early development of genetics. I begin with a critical review of the theory-based analyses of the origin of genetics. Then inspired by the Kuhnian analyses, I develop an exemplar-based account of the origin of genetics based on a new interpretation of exemplar.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
ISSN (Print)0068-0346
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7942


  • Exemplar
  • Exemplary practice
  • Mendel
  • Origin of genetics


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