Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology

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Thiemo Breyer
Springer, 04.11.2014 - 241 Seiten
As psychology and philosophy arose as answers to the eternal question of how the mind works, evolutionary psychology has gained ground over recent years as a link between cognitive-behavioral and natural-science theories of the mind. This provocative field has also gathered a wide range of criticisms, from attributing too much autonomy to the brain to basing itself on faulty assumptions about our prehistoric past.

Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology reframes its discipline for the contemporary era, correcting common misconceptions and mediating between different schools of thought. By focusing on the nature and limits of knowledge and reasoning--the essence of epistemology--contributors offer fresh insights at the intersection of human cognitive abilities as adaptations and our self-perception of knowledge, including evolutionary perspectives on altruism, depression, or the phasing out of human sacrifice. This diversity strengthens and vindicates the field, as evinced by thought-provoking dispatches such as:

  • Toward a cognitive philosophy of science.
  • Evolutionary media psychology and its epistemological foundation.
  • The "meme" meme revisited.
  • Depression as an adaptation.
  • Like me: a homophily-based account of human culture.
  • Preparedness to learn about the world: evidence from infant research.

An engaging and often controversial testament to the combined power of evolution and logic, Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology will intrigue philosophers as well as psychologists in a variety of subdisciplines.

 

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Chapter1
1
Chapter2
19
Chapter3
69
Chapter4
89
Chapter5
103
Chapter6
116
Chapter7
131
Chapter8
159
Chapter9
175
Chapter10
197
Chapter11
222
Index
239
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Thiemo Breyer, born 1981, studied philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive science at the Universities of Freiburg and Cambridge. After postdoctoral research at the University of Heidelberg, he is currently Professor for Transformations of Knowledge at the University of Cologne.

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