Inquiry 33 (4):447 – 452 (1990)
After stressing the shortcomings of Darwinian accounts of self-consciousness and knowledge - i.e. in terms of their survival value - Anthony O'Hear presents Peirce's metaphysical hypotheses on cosmic evolution as an alternative approach that avoids those shortcomings. Although O'Hear does not straightforwardly defend Peirce's views, his argument suggests that only some teleological account of self-consciousness and knowledge is reasonable. The argument, though correct, is not enough to establish the metaphysical point O'Hear defends. Before developing his metaphysical ideas, Peirce's rejection of natural selection as an explanation for every phenomenon brought him to consider the more appropriate question of how natural selection could give rise to a different kind of evolution. This involved outlining an evolutionary account of the origin of self-consciousness and of the mechanisms of belief fixation. The point is not one about Peirce, of course, but about the relationship between, on the one hand, biological and, on the other, psychological and cultural phenomena.
|Keywords||Charles S. Peirce Evolution Consciousness|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Peirce's Metaphysics: Evolution, Synechism, and the Mathematical Conception of the Continuum.Gordon Locke - 2000 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 36 (1):133 - 147.
The Evolution of Peirce's Concept of Abduction.Douglas R. Anderson - 1986 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 22 (2):145 - 164.
Design and Chance: The Evolution of Peirce's Evolutionary Cosmology.Christopher Hookway - 1997 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 33 (1):1 - 34.
Consciousness and Biological Evolution.B. I. B. Lindahl - 1997 - Journal of Theoretical Biology 187 (4):613-29.
Peirce on Norms, Evolution and Knowledge.Claudine Tiercelin - 1997 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 33 (1):35 - 58.
Peirce's Scientific Metaphysics: The Philosophy of Chance, Law, and Evolution.Andrew Reynolds - 2002 - Vanderbilt University Press.
Peirce's Clarifications of Continuity.Jérôme Havenel - 2008 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (1):pp. 86-133.
Beyond Evolution: Human Nature and the Limits of Evolutionary Explanation.Anthony O'Hear - 1997 - Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-03-05
Total downloads6 ( #538,641 of 2,132,880 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #388,508 of 2,132,880 )
How can I increase my downloads?
There are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.