Philosophical Darwinism: On the Origin of Knowledge by Means of Natural Selection

Routledge (1993)
Abstract
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
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Call number BD177.M86 1993
ISBN(s) 0415086027   9780415086028   9780203419687   9781134884841   9781134884834   9781134884797   9781134884810
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