From a Biological Point of View
Essays in Evolutionary Philosophy
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From a Biological Point of View by Elliott Sober
Book DescriptionElliott Sober is one of the leading philosophers of science and is a former winner of the Lakatos Prize, the major award in the field. This new collection of essays will appeal to a readership that extends well beyond the frontiers of the philosophy of science. Sober shows how ideas in evolutionary biology bear in significant ways on traditional problems in philosophy of mind and language, epistemology, and metaphysics. Amongst the topics addressed are psychological egoism, solipsism, and the interpretation of belief and utterance, empiricism, Ockham's razor, causality, essentialism, and scientific laws. The collection will prove invaluable to a wide range of philosophers, primarily those working in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of mind, and epistemology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521477536
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elliott Sober
Ockham's Razors, Hardback (July 2015)
This book uses philosophy, science and probability to analyse why simpler theories are better than theories that are more complex.
Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?, Paperback (December 2010)
Collects philosophical essays on Darwin. This title raises such questions as: Did Charles Darwin reject the idea that group selection causes characteristics to evolve that are good for the group but bad for the individual? How does Darwin's discussion of God square with the common view of him as the champion of methodological naturalism?
Evidence and Evolution, Hardback (March 2008)
Elliott Sober explores how the concept of evidence applies to creationism, natural selection and common ancestry.
Adaptationism and Optimality, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by Elliott Sober
A systematic treatment of foundational, conceptual, and methodological issues surrounding the theory of adaptationism.
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Author Biography - Elliott Sober
Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy and William F. Vilas Research Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he has taught since 1974. His research is in philosophy of science, especially in the philosophy of evolutionary biology. Sober's books include The Nature of Selection - Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus (1984), Reconstructing the Past - Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference (1988), Philosophy of Biology (1993), From a Biological Point of View - Essays in Evolutionary Philosophy (1994), and Unto Others - The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (1998), coauthored with David Sloan Wilson.
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