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

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

Peter Munz


Philosophers haven't taken the evolution of humans heavily sufficient. in the event that they did, argues Peter Munz, many lengthy status philosophical difficulties will be resolved. one in every of philosophical concequences of biology is that each one the information produced in evolution is a priori , i.e., validated hypothetically unintentionally mutation and selective retention, no longer by way of statement and clever induction. For organisms as embodied theories, choice is average and for theories as disembodied organisms, it really is synthetic. Following Popper, the expansion of information is obvious to be non-stop from the amoeba to Einstein'. Philosophical Darwinism throws an entire new gentle on many modern debates. It has destructive implications for cognitive technological know-how and synthetic intelligence, and questions makes an attempt from inside of biology to lessen psychological occasions to neural strategies. extra importantly, it offers a rational postmodern substitute to what the writer argues are the unreasonable postmodern models of Kuhn, Lyotard and Rorty.

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