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The formal systems of logic have ordinarily been regarded as independent of biology, but recent developments in evolutionary theory suggest that biology and logic may be intimately interrelated. In this book, William S. Cooper outlines a theory of rationality in which logical law emerges as an intrinsic aspect of evolutionary biology. He examines the connections between logic and evolutionary biology and illustrates how logical rules are derived directly from evolutionary principles, and therefore, have no independent status of their own. This biological perspective on logic, though at present unorthodox, could change traditional ideas about the reasoning process.Read more
- Shows how logic relates to evolutionary theory
- Provides a significant contribution to evolutionary epistemology
- Derives the usual laws of logic from evolutionary considerations alone
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- Date Published: January 2001
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521791960
- length: 238 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.45kg
- contains: 28 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The biology of logic
2. The evolutionary derivation of life-history strategy theory
3. The evolutionary derivation of decision logic
4. The evolutionary derivation of inductive logic (Part I)
5. The evolutionary derivation of deductive logic
6. The evolutionary derivation of inductive logic (Part II)
7. The evolutionary derivation of mathematics
8. Broadening the evolutionary base of classical logic
9. The evolutionary derivation of nonclassical logic
10. Radical reductionism in logic
11. Toward a unified science of reason
Appendix: formal theory.
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