From a Biological Point of View
Essays in Evolutionary Philosophy
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- Author: Elliott Sober, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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This new collection of essays will appeal to a readership that extends well beyond the frontiers of the philosophy of science. Sober shows how ideas in evolutionary biology bear in significant ways on traditional problems in philosophy of mind and language, epistemology, and metaphysics. Among the topics addressed are psychological egoism, solipsism, and the interpretation of belief and utterance, empiricism, Ockham's razor, causality, essentialism, and scientific laws.Read more
- Not just a book for philosophers of science - the book looks at issues in biology to address broader questions in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics
- Sober is considered by many the top philosopher of biology in the United States. He is the former winner of the prestigious Lakatos Prize
- Winner of the Lakatos Prize
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"The arguments in each essay are cogent and presented in a clear style....For those biologists interested in these basic issues (and that should be most of us!) and with an adequate background this book offers rich material." Patrick W. Colgan, The Canadian Field-Naturalist
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- Date Published: February 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511886409
- contains: 11 b/w illus. 1 table
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Table of Contents
1. Did evolution make us psychological egoists?
2. Why not solipsism?
3. The adaptive advantage of learning and a priori prejudice
4. The primacy of truth-telling and the evolution of lying
5. Prospects for an evolutionary ethics
6. Contrastive empiricism
7. Let's razor Ockham's razor
8. The principle of the common cause
9. Explanatory presupposition
10. Apportioning casual responsibility
11. Evolution, population thinking, and essentialism
12. Temporally oriented laws
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