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Complexity and the function of mind in nature

Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Series: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a further contribution to the series Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology. It is an ambitious attempt to explain the relationship between intelligence and environmental complexity, and in so doing to link philosophy of mind to more general issues about the relations between organisms and environments, and to the general pattern of "externalist" explanations. Two sets of questions drive the
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Godfrey-Smith, Peter.
Complexity and the function of mind in nature.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996
(DLC) 95017020
(OCoLC)32468942
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Godfrey-Smith
ISBN: 9781139172714 1139172719
OCLC Number: 817871743
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 311 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Naturalism and teleology --
2. Externalism and internalism --
3. Spencer's version --
4. Dewey's version --
5. On construction --
6. The question of correspondence --
7. Adaptive plasticity --
8. The signal detection model --
9. Complex individuals, complex populations.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Responsibility: Peter Godfrey-Smith.
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