Führt die evolutionäre Erkenntnistheorie in einen Relativismus?The Evolutionary Epistemology: Does it lead to a relativism?

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This essay is a discussion of Eve-Marie Engels' view on Evolutionary Epistemology (EE). In the first part two of the main doctrines of EE are criticized: (1.) that validity of human knowledge is to be explained as the result of evolutionary adaptation; yet (2.), that human cognitive capacities had been adequate to our ancestors life conditions but fail in relevant situations of modern world. In the second part the concept of reality underlying EE's adaptational view is discussed and compared with Jean Piaget's concept of reality. Finally, it is held that some of the questions recently raised by proponents of EE, far from being new, have been dealt with already in historical epistemology
Keywords Evolutionary Epistemology  Genetic Epistemology  cognition (human knowledge)  theories of truth  explanation of validity claims by genetic means  adaptation  unity of selection  reality  constructivism  relativism
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Vittorio Hösle (1988). Tragweite Und Grenzen der Evolutionären Erkenntnistheorie. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 19 (2):348-377.

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