The promise of evolutionary epistemology

Tilburg, The Netherlands: Tilburg University Press (1998)
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Abstract

Because the human cognitive system is the product of an evolutionary process, we may expect that for its understanding an evolutionary perspective may be helpful. This collection argues that the analysis of such different domains as perception, self-identity, human rationality, and culture does indeed profit from an evolutionary approach. However, before the evolutionary project gets started, evolutionary epistemology faces a number of charges: incoherence, irrelevance, mental suicide, circularity, including Stich's charge that the evolutionary argument in favor of the reliability and rationality of our everyday knowledge is based mainly on false premises. This book answers these charges.

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