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Across the Boundaries: Extrapolation in Biology and Social Science

Daniel Steel


The biological and social sciences often generalize causal conclusions from one context to others that may differ in some relevant respects, as is illustrated by inferences from animal models to humans or from a pilot study to a broader population. Inferences like these are known as extrapolations. How and when extrapolation can be legitimate is a fundamental question for the biological and social sciences that has not received the attention it deserves. This book argues that previous accounts of extrapolation are inadequate and proposes a better approach that is able to answer methodological ... More

Keywords: extrapolation, causality, mechanisms, animal models, philosophy of social science, philosophy of biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331448
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Steel, author
Michigan State University
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