Biography of Philip Kitcher
An eminent philosopher, he is the author of many books on philosophy, science, literature, and music, including Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism; The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities; Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Quest for Human Knowledge; Science, Truth, and Democracy; In Mendel’s Mirror: Philosophical Reflections on Biology; and Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring. His most recent book is Joyce’s Kaleidoscope: An Invitation to Finnegan’s Wake.
Finally a good theory must be based upon the auxiliary hypothesis which is independently testable to solve a particular problem as Neptune is independent of any anomalies in Uranus’s orbit. Kitcher has always defined that a good theory consists of observational consequences and irregularities found in orbit of Uranus; so falsification is the merely consequences of observation. Evolutionary biology contains the concept of the natural selection at the center of its heart. To get maximum benefits from the natural selection it is shaped in different ways so evolutionary theorists can also get maximum advantage.
Professor Kitcher was the first recipient of the Prometheus Prize awarded by the American Philosophical Association for "lifetime contribution to expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science." He is also the winner of many other awards, most recently the Award for Distinguished Service to the Columbia Core Curriculum, the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award from Columbia University, the Lannan Foundation Notable Book Award (given for Living with Darwin), and the Friend of Darwin Award (given by the National Committee on Science Education).