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From a Biological Point of View : Essays in Evolutionary Philosophy - Elliott Sober

From a Biological Point of View

Essays in Evolutionary Philosophy

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Published: 6th February 1995
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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.

"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

Introduction
Did evolution make us psychological egoists?
Why not solipsism?
The adaptive advantage of learning and a priori prejudice
The primacy of truth-telling and the evolution of lying
Prospects for an evolutionary ethics
Contrastive empiricism
Let's razor Ockham's razor
The principle of the common cause
Explanatory presupposition
Apportioning casual responsibility
Evolution, population thinking, and essentialism
Temporally oriented laws
Index
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ISBN: 9780521477536
ISBN-10: 0521477530
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 6th February 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.56