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Philosophical Darwinism: On the Origin of Knowledge by Means of Natural Selection (Hardback)
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Philosophical Darwinism: On the Origin of Knowledge by Means of Natural Selection (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 18/03/1993
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Philosophers have not taken the evolution of human beings seriously enough. If they did, argues Peter Munz, many long standing philosophical problems would be resolved. One of philosophical concequences of biology is that all the knowledge produced in evolution is a priori , i.e., established hypothetically by chance mutation and selective retention, not by observation and intelligent induction. For organisms as embodied theories, selection is natural and for theories as disembodied organisms, it is artificial. Following Popper, the growth of knowledge is seen to be continuous from the amoeba to Einstein'. Philosophical Darwinism throws a whole new light on many contemporary debates. It has damaging implications for cognitive science and artificial intelligence, and questions attempts from within biology to reduce mental events to neural processes. More importantly, it provides a rational postmodern alternative to what the author argues are the unreasonable postmodern fashions of Kuhn, Lyotard and Rorty.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415086028
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm


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"Peter Munz is a genuinely interdisciplinary thinker, bridging history, philosophy, biology and more. As such, he manages to irritate staid practitioners in many fields. He manages also to combine separate insights into a unified attack on the fundamental problems of knowledge. I am not sure that he is right. I am sure that he should be heard. Critic and friend alike will come away wiser."
-Michael Ruse, University of Guelph
"Original and thought-provoking . . . it is well-written but not over-technical, and the subject matter will be of interest to people interested in the topics of evolution and consciousness in themselves, as well as to philosophers."
-Anthony O'Hear, University of Bradford

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