História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos
Print version ISSN 0104-5970
DUARTE, Regina Horta. History and biology: possible dialogues, necessary distances. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 2009, vol.16, n.4, pp. 927-940. ISSN 0104-5970. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-59702009000400005.
Evolution has often been rejected as a theory incompatible with proper historical reflection. While there are undoubtedly insurmountable barriers between biology and the study of man and society, a rigorous analysis of Darwinist theory demonstrates epistemological areas of contact between history and evolutionary biology. The amazing temporal perspective shared by both areas of knowledge points to some bridges of communication, like the importance of the event and of creation processes, the rejection of teleology and the idea of progress, the complexity of events between chance and necessity, and the impossibility of making predictions. This affords an opportunity for a transdisciplinary approach at a moment of various contemporary challenges.
Keywords : biology; history; evolutionism; transdisciplinarity.