Evolution, Rationality, and Cognition: A Cognitive Science for the Twenty-First Century

Routledge (2005)
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António Zilhão
Universidade de Lisboa
Abstract
Evolutionary thinking has expanded in the last decades, spreading from its traditional stronghold - the explanation of speciation and adaptation in Biology - to new domains including the human sciences. The essays in this collection attest to the illuminating power of evolutionary thinking when applied to the understanding of the human mind. The contributors to Cognition, Evolution and Rationality use an evolutionary standpoint to approach the nature of the human mind, including both cognitive and behavioral functions. Cognitive science is by its nature an interdisciplinary subject and the essays use a variety of disciplines including the Philosophy of Science, the Philosophy of Mind, Game Theory, Robotics and Computational Neuroanatomy to investigate the workings of the mind. The topics covered by the essays range from general methodological issues to long-standing philosophical problems such as how rational human beings actually are. This book will be of interest across a number of fields, including philosophy, evolutionary theory and cognitive science.
Keywords Evolution Philosophy  Cognition Philosophy  Rationalism  Cognitive science Philosophy
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Call number BD177.E865 2005
ISBN(s) 0415362601   9780415362603   0415591600   9780415591607
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