Thought, Change and Evolution

Thomas, Rod (2021) Thought, Change and Evolution. The World of Knowledge, 7 (7). pp. 67-79. ISSN 2791-6448

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To say something about the problem of understanding social change seems to involve saying something about the nexus of thought, change and evolution. In pursuit of that thesis, variants of Sir Karl Popper’s so-called tetradic schema of P1→TT→EE→P2 are used to represent abstractly the evolutionary character of the change that is wrought not only by scientific and technological advance, but also by market-based economic competition, and by the ideological developments that occur in response to the change wrought by scientific and technological advance and marketbased competition, and so on, ad infinitum. This account of social change is contrasted with two other influential forms of theorization that address the same problem: firstly, what Popper called {\textquoteleft}historicism{\textquoteright}; secondly, the so-called research programme of {\textquoteleft}generalized Darwinism{\textquoteright}. The contrast reveals all three approaches to be forms of evolutionary-type theorization; but whereas Popper{\textquoteright}s schema configures the nexus of thought, change and evolution as an extension to the attitude of Open Society, the latter do not.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Change, Evolution, Open Society, Historicism, Darwinism
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
V500 Philosophy
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 13:06
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2022 10:54

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