David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophers have not taken the evolution of human beings seriously enough. If they did, argues Peter Munz, many long-standing philosophical problems would be resolved. One of the philosophical consequences of biology is that all the knowledge produced in evolution is a priori established hypothetically by chance mutation and selective retention rather than by observation and intelligent induction. For organisms as embodied theories, selection is natural. For theories as disembodied organisms, it is artificial. Following Karl Popper, the growth of knowledge is seen to be continuous from "the amoeba to Einstein." Philosophical Darwinism brings perspective to contemporary debates. It has far-reaching implications for cognitive science and artificial intelligence, and questions attempts from the field of biology to reduce mental events to neural processes. Most importantly, it provides a rational postmodern alternative to what the author views as the unreasonable postmodern theories of Kuhn, Lyotard, and Rorty.
|Keywords||Knowledge, Theory of Evolution Natural selection|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$41.30 used (74% off) $120.17 new (23% off) $120.17 direct from Amazon (23% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BD177.M86 1993|
|ISBN(s)||0415086027 9780415086028 9780203419687 9781134884841 9781134884834 9781134884797 9781134884810|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Chris Buskes (2013). Darwinism Extended: A Survey of How the Idea of Cultural Evolution Evolved. Philosophia 41 (3):661-691.
Similar books and articles
Charles Darwin (1975). Charles Darwin's Natural Selection: Being the Second Part of His Big Species Book Written From 1856 to 1858. Cambridge University Press.
John Beatty (1984). Chance and Natural Selection. Philosophy of Science 51 (2):183-211.
Robert Brandon, Natural Selection. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Samir Okasha (2006/2008). Evolution and the Levels of Selection. Oxford University Press.
Charles Darwin (1963). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. New York, Heritage Press.
Edward S. Reed (1978). Darwin's Evolutionary Philosophy: The Laws of Change. Acta Biotheoretica 27 (3-4).
Timothy Shanahan (2004). The Evolution of Darwinism: Selection, Adaptation, and Progress in Evolutionary Biology. Cambridge University Press.
Jerry Fodor (2008). Against Darwinism. Mind and Language 23 (1):1–24.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads35 ( #41,706 of 1,089,063 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,801 of 1,089,063 )
How can I increase my downloads?