Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature
By (author) Peter Godfrey-Smith
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Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Book DescriptionThis book explains the relationship between intelligence and environmental complexity, and in so doing links philosophy of mind to more general issues about the relations between organisms and environments, and to the general pattern of 'externalist' explanations. The author provides a biological approach to the investigation of mind and cognition in nature. In particular he explores the idea that the function of cognition is to enable agents to deal with environmental complexity. The history of the idea in the work of Dewey and Spencer is considered, as is the impact of recent evolutionary theory on our understanding of the place of mind in nature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521451666
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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