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Evolutionary Psychology and the Propositional-attitudes

Two Mechanist Manifestos

Authors: Walter, Alex

  • Challenges evolutionary psychologists’ philosophical commitment to propositional-attitude (i.e. language of thought [LOT]) models of cognition
  • Explores disagreements between Evolutionary Psychology and Evolutionary Developmental Systems Theory
  • Explores cognition vs motivation related issues in explanation within Evolutionary Psychology
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The two essays provide a critical examination of theory and research in the field of evolutionary psychology. The view advanced here is that philosophical materialism and minimalist assumptions about adaptation serve Darwinian psychology better than the more popular alternative view that relies on cognitive dualism and propositional-attitude psychology to formulate evolutionary psychology theory. A commitment to cognitive dualism is destined to undermine the physical basis of behavior upon which evolutionary theory depends. Many evolutionary psychologists do not see this but are seduced by the easy way in which hypotheses can be formulated using the ‘propositional-attitude’ model. The challenge is to develop a materialistic and mechanistic approach to understanding human cognition and behavior, including linguistic and social behavior.

Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Evolutionary Psychology and the Propositional-Attitudes: Why the Cognitive Turn is a Wrong Turn

    Walter, Alex

    Pages 1-28

  • Why I am not an Evolutionary Psychologist: On the Imperative Nature of Motivational Endowments

    Walter, Alex

    Pages 29-49

  • Postscript: The Virtues of Weak Modularity

    Walter, Alex

    Pages 51-68

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
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Softcover $49.95
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2968-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolutionary Psychology and the Propositional-attitudes
Book Subtitle
Two Mechanist Manifestos
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2969-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2969-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-2968-1
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 85
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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