Theory and Decision Library A:

Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture

A Non-Adaptationist, Systems Theoretical Approach

Editors: Gontier, Nathalie, Bendegem, Jean Paul van, Aerts, Diederik (Eds.)

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About this book

For the first time in history, scholars working on language and culture from within an evolutionary epistemological framework, and thereby emphasizing complementary or deviating theories of the Modern Synthesis, were brought together. Of course there have been excellent conferences on Evolutionary Epistemology in the past, as well as numerous conferences on the topics of Language and Culture. However, until now these disciplines had not been brought together into one all-encompassing conference.

Moreover, previously there never had been such stress on alternative and complementary theories of the Modern Synthesis. Today we know that natural selection and evolution are far from synonymous and that they do not explain isomorphic phenomena in the world. ‘Taking Darwin seriously’ is the way to go, but today the time has come to take alternative and complementary theories that developed after the Modern Synthesis, equally seriously, and, furthermore, to examine how language and culture can merit from these diverse disciplines.

As this volume will make clear, a specific inter- and transdisciplinary approach is one of the next crucial steps that needs to be taken, if we ever want to unravel the secrets of phenomena such as language and culture.

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"The audience targeted by this book includes scholars working in fields as diverse as evolutionary epistemology, philosophy of science, evolutionary anthropology, evolutionary linguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. The book is the collection of essays on evolutionary epistemology … . highlight of the book is the many papers dedicated to computer modeling and simulation. … Overall, this is an interesting collection of papers that addresses an interesting topic. Researchers working around the theory of EE will find the book most beneficial." (Jason Brown, The Linguist List, February, 2008)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Like cats and dogs: Radical constructivism and evolutionary epistemology

    Alexander Riegler

    Pages 47-65

  • Darwinism, traditional linguistics and the new Palaeolithic Continuity Theory of language evolution

    Mario Alinei

    Pages 121-147

  • The extended mind model of the origin of language and culture

    Robert K. Logan

    Pages 149-167

  • Against human nature

    Tim Ingold

    Pages 259-281

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture
Book Subtitle
A Non-Adaptationist, Systems Theoretical Approach
Editors
  • Nathalie Gontier
  • Jean Paul van Bendegem
  • Diederik Aerts
Series Title
Theory and Decision Library A:
Series Volume
39
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3395-7
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3395-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3394-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6852-1
Series ISSN
0921-3384
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 494
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