Evolution and the Human Mind
Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognition
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Evolution and the Human Mind by Peter Carruthers
Book DescriptionHow did our minds evolve? Can evolutionary considerations illuminate the question of the basic architecture of the human mind? These are two of the main questions addressed in Evolution and the Human Mind by a distinguished interdisciplinary team of philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and archaeologists. The essays focus especially on issues to do with modularity of mind, the evolution and significance of natural language, and the evolution of our capacity for meta-cognition (thought about thought), together with its implications for consciousness. The editors have provided an introduction that lays out the background to the questions which the essays address, and a consolidated bibliography that will be a valuable reference resource for all those interested in this area. The volume will be of great interest to all researchers and students interested in the evolution and nature of the mind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521783316
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Opacity of Mind, Paperback (August 2013)
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Metaphysics of the Tractatus, Paperback (December 2008)
Required reading for all serious students of Wittgenstein's philosophy.
Innate Mind, Paperback (January 2008)» View all books by Peter Carruthers
This is the third of a three-volume set on The Innate Mind providing a comprehensive assessment of nativist thought and definitive reference point for future inquiry. Together these volumes point the way toward a synthesis that provides a powerful picture of our minds and their place in the natural order.
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