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A great deal of interest and excitement surround the interface between the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of psychology, yet the area is neither well defined nor well represented in mainstream philosophical publications. This book is perhaps the first to open a dialogue between the two disciplines. Its aim is to broaden the traditional subject matter of the philosophy of biology while informing the philosophy of psychology of relevant biological constraints and insights.The book is organized around six themes: functions and teleology,
evolutionary psychology, innateness, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and parallels between philosophy of biology and philosophy of mind. Throughout, one finds overlapping areas of study, larger philosophical implications, and even larger conceptual ties. Woven through these connections are shared concerns about the status of semantics, scientific law, evolution and adaptation, and cognition in general.
Contributors: André Ariew, Mark A. Bedau,
David J. Buller, Paul Sheldon Davies, Stephen M. Downes, Charbel Niño El-Hani, Owen Flanagan, Peter
Godfrey-Smith, Todd Grantham, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Gary Hatfield, Daniel W. McShea, Karen
Neander, Shaun Nichols, Antonio Marcos Pereira, Tom Polger, Lawrence A. Shapiro, Kim Sterelny,
Robert A. Wilson, William C. Wimsatt.
The MIT Press
Disc. how these two disciplines inform each other; innate- ness, evolutionary psychology, philosophy of the mind, etc.
Where Biology Meets Psychology is a welcome addition to the growing literature linking biology especially neuroscience and evolution to psychology and the philosophy of mind. This volume has the further advantage of not being another gathering of the usual suspects.
|I||Functions and Teleology||1|
|1||Fitness and the Fate of Unicorns||3|
|2||Understanding Functions: A Pragmatic Approach||27|
|3||Evolutionary Psychology: Ultimate Explanations and Panglossian Predictions||47|
|4||The Conflict of Evolutionary Psychology||67|
|5||Presence of Mind||83|
|6||DeFreuding Evolutionary Psychology: Adaptation and Human Motivation||99|
|7||Innateness is Canalization: In Defense of a Developmental Account of Innateness||117|
|8||Generativity, Entrenchment, Evolution, and Innateness: Philosophy, Evolutionary Biology, and Conceptual Foundations of Science||139|
|9||Feelings as the Proximate Cause of Behavior||181|
|IV||Philosophy of Mind||201|
|10||Situated Agency and the Descent of Desire||203|
|11||Natural Answers to Natural Questions||221|
|V||Philosophy of Science||249|
|12||Mental Functions as Constraints on Neurophysiology: Biology and Psychology of Vision||251|
|13||Ontogeny, Phylogeny, and Scientific Development||273|
|14||Supple Laws in Psychology and Biology||287|
|VI||Parallels Between Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Psychology||303|
|15||Genes and Codes: Lessons from the Philosophy of Mind?||305|
|16||Understanding Biological Causation||333|
|17||The Individual in Biology and Psychology||357|