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Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology

Editors: Breyer, Thiemo (Ed.)

  • ​​​Explains the relationship between biological foundations and cognitive processes
  • In depth analysis of the relationship between organisms, brain, and brain modules
  • Critical assessment of philosophical premise of evolutionary psychology
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​​​​​As psychology and philosophy arose as answers to the eternal question of how the mind works, evolutionary psychology has gained ground over recent years as a link between cognitive-behavioral and natural-science theories of the mind. This provocative field has also gathered a wide range of criticisms, from attributing too much autonomy to the brain to basing itself on faulty assumptions about our prehistoric past.

Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology reframes its discipline for the contemporary era, correcting common misconceptions and mediating between  different schools of thought. By focusing on the nature and limits of knowledge and reasoning--the essence of epistemology--contributors offer fresh insights at the intersection of human cognitive abilities as adaptations and our self-perception of knowledge, including evolutionary perspectives on altruism, depression,  or the phasing out of human sacrifice. This diversity strengthens and vindicates the field, as evinced by thought-provoking dispatches such as: 

  • Toward a cognitive philosophy of science.
  • Evolutionary media psychology and its epistemological foundation.
  • The "meme" meme revisited.
  • Depression as an adaptation.
  • Like me: a homophily-based account of human culture.
  • Preparedness to learn about the world: evidence from infant research.

An engaging and often controversial testament to the combined power of evolution and logic, Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology will intrigue philosophers as well as psychologists in a variety of subdisciplines.

About the authors

Thiemo Breyer, born 1981, studied philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive science at the Universities of Freiburg and Cambridge. After postdoctoral research at the University of Heidelberg, he is currently Professor for Transformations of Knowledge at the University of Cologne.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Philosophy and Evolution

    Hampe, Michael

    Pages 1-18

  • The Broad Foundations of Adaptationist-Computational Evolutionary Psychology

    Dahlgrün, Malte H.

    Pages 19-68

  • Towards a Cognitive Philosophy of Science

    Frey, Ulrich J.

    Pages 69-88

  • The ‘Meme’ Meme Revisited

    Costall, Alan

    Pages 89-101

  • Evolutionary Psychology, Altruism, and Kin Selection

    Richardson, Robert C.

    Pages 103-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology
Editors
  • Thiemo Breyer
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-1387-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-1387-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-1386-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4426-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 241
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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