Biology and Philosophy 20 (4):745-766 (2005)

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Dominic Murphy
University of Sydney
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I distinguish three evolutionary explanations of mental illness: first, breakdowns in evolved computational systems; second, evolved systems performing their evolutionary function in a novel environment; third, evolved personality structures. I concentrate on the second and third explanations, as these are distinctive of an evolutionary psychopathology, with progressively less credulity in the light of the empirical evidence. General morals are drawn for evolutionary psychiatry
Keywords Adaptation  Anxiety  Evolution  Fear  Insanity  Phobia  Psychiatry  Psychology  Psychopathy  Science
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-004-2279-3
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