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From a biological point of view : essays in evolutionary philosophy

Author: Elliott Sober
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Professor Sober shows how the worlds of philosophical and biological inquiry are interrelated.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliott Sober
ISBN: 0521477530 9780521477536 0521471842 9780521471848
OCLC Number: 185333530
Awards: Winner of Lakatos Prize.
Description: x, 255 s. : diagr.
Contents: Introduction; 1. Did evolution make us psychological egoists?; 2. Why not solipsism?; 3. The adaptive advantage of learning and a priori prejudice; 4. The primacy of truth-telling and the evolution of lying; 5. Prospects for an evolutionary ethics; 6. Contrastive empiricism; 7. Let's razor Ockham's razor; 8. The principle of the common cause; 9. Explanatory presupposition; 10. Apportioning casual responsibility; 11. Evolution, population thinking, and essentialism; 12. Temporally oriented laws; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Responsibility: Elliott Sober.

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