Individualism and evolutionary psychology (or: In defense of "narrow" functions)

Philosophy of Science 64 (1):74-95 (1997)

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David J. Buller
Northern Illinois University
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Millikan and Wilson argue, for different reasons, that the essential reference to the environment in adaptationist explanations of behavior makes (psychological) individualism inconsistent with evolutionary psychology. I show that their arguments are based on misinterpretations of the role of reference to the environment in such explanations. By exploring these misinterpretations, I develop an account of explanation in evolutionary psychology that is fully consistent with individualism. This does not, however, constitute a full-fledged defense of individualism, since evolutionary psychology is only one explanatory paradigm among many in psychology
Keywords Evolution  Function  Individualism  Mechanism  Psychology  Science  Millikan, R  Wilson, E
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DOI 10.1086/392536
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