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Overview

WINNER OF THE 2004 LAKATOS AWARD!

Thought in a Hostile World is an exploration of the evolution of cognition, especially human cognition, by one of today's foremost philosophers of biology and of mind.

  • Featuresan exploration of the evolution of human cognition.
  • Written by one of today’s foremost philosophers of mind and language.
  • Presents a set of analytic tools for thinking about cognition and its evolution.
  • Offers a critique of nativist, modular versions of evolutionary psychology, rejecting the example of language as a model for thinking about human cognitive capacities.
  • Applies to the areas of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and evolutionary psychology.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Written with both clarity and rigor, Thought in a Hostile World is a richly informed and sophisticated account of the evolution of complex cognition. Sterelny's arguments appeal, not so much because they reinforce our preconceptions – on the contrary, we are frequently challenged – but rather because they are informed, well-reasoned, and leave us with plenty to think about. Sterelny's book could aptly be renamed Clear Thought in a Muddled World and evolutionary psychologists, in particular, would benefit from reading it." Kevin N. Laland, University of St. Andrews

"This book is a godsend for anyone wanting to understand the evolution of human cognition without buying into the wholesale modularism of recent evolutionary psychology. Densely, but elegantly, written and replete with fascinating empirical detail, this book represents a major advance in the philosophical understanding of human cognitive evolution." Fiona Cowie, California Institute of Technology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631188872
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/22/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington and at the Research School of Social Science at the Australian National University. He is the author of The Representational Theory of Mind (Blackwell, 1990) and the co-author, with Michael Devitt, of Language and Reality (second edition, 1999) and, with Paul Griffiths, Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (1999).

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Part I: Assembling Intentionality:.

1. Evolutionary Naturalism:.

Two Projects Of Evolutionary Naturalism.

The Simple Co-Ordination Thesis.

2. Detection Systems:.

The Environmental Complexity Hypothesis.

Detection Systems.

The Power Of Detection Systems.

Transparent And Translucent Worlds.

Robust Tracking Systems.

3. Fuels For Success:.

Decoupled Representation.

Response Breadth.

Fuels For Success: Space.

Fuels For Success: Intervention In The Material World.

Reprise.

4. Fuels For Success: The Social Intelligence Hypothesis:.

The Cognitive Demands Of Social Life.

The Social Intelligence Hypothesis.

The Cognitive World Of The Great Apes: Imitation.

The Cognitive World Of Great Apes: Tracking Other Minds.

5. The Descent Of Preference:.

Internal Environments.

The Forager’s Dilemma.

Preference Eliminativism?.

Preference-Like States.

Part II: Not Just Another Species Of Large Mammal:.

6. Reconstructing Hominid Evolution:.

Testing Theories Of Human Evolution.

From Cognitive Device To Evolutionary History.

Making Progress.

An Example: Tomasello’s Conjecture.

Conclusions.

7. The Co-Operation Explosion:.

The Co-Operative Primate.

Group Selection And Human Co-Operation.

The Ecological Trigger Of Hominid Co-Operation.

Coalition And Enforcement.

Commitment To Enforcement.

Upshot.

8. The Self-Made Species:.

Ecological Engineers.

Cumulative Niche Construction: The Cognitive Condition.

Cumulative Niche Construction: The Social Condition.

Hominid Epistemic Engineering.

Downstream Epistemic Engineering.

9. Heterogeneous Environments And Variable Response:.

Phenotypic Plasticity.

Is Plasticity An Adaptation?.

Reprise.

Part III: The Fate Of The Folk:.

10. The Massive Modularity Hypothesis:.

Massive Modularity.

Language: Paradigm Or Outlier?.

Communicative Intentions.

Fodor’s Modules And Their Limits.

Inward Bound.

Evolution And Encapsulation.

The Poverty Of The Stimulus.

The Case Of Folk Biology.

Modularity And The Frame Problem.

11. Interpreting Other Agents:.

A Theory Of Mind Module?.

Deconstructing The Folk Psychology Module.

Interpretation, Perception And Scaffolded Learning.

Truth, Evidence And Success.

Co-Ordination And Meaning.

Something New Under The Sun?.

References.

Index

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