Titel: Thought in a Hostile World
52:B&W 6. 14 x 9. 21in or 234 x 156mm (Royal 8vo) Case Laminate on White w/Gloss Lam.
John Wiley & Sons
5. September 2003 - gebunden - 280 Seiten
"WINNER OF THE 2004 LAKATOS AWARD!"
"Thought in a Hostile World" is an exploration of the evolution of cognition, especially human cognition, by one of today's foremost philosophers of biology and of mind.
Featuresan exploration of the evolution of human cognition.
Written by one of today's foremost philosophers of mind and language.
Presents a set of analytic tools for thinking about cognition and its evolution.
Offers a critique of nativist, modular versions of evolutionary psychology, rejecting the example of language as a model for thinking about human cognitive capacities.
Applies to the areas of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and evolutionary psychology.
Preface.Part I: Assembling Intentionality:1. Evolutionary Naturalism:Two Projects Of Evolutionary NaturalismThe Simple Co-Ordination Thesis2. Detection Systems:The Environmental Complexity HypothesisDetection SystemsThe Power Of Detection Systems Transparent And Translucent WorldsRobust Tracking Systems3. Fuels For Success:Decoupled RepresentationResponse BreadthFuels For Success: SpaceFuels For Success: Intervention In The Material WorldReprise4. Fuels For Success: The Social Intelligence Hypothesis:The Cognitive Demands Of Social LifeThe Social Intelligence HypothesisThe Cognitive World Of The Great Apes: ImitationThe Cognitive World Of Great Apes: Tracking Other Minds5. The Descent Of Preference:Internal EnvironmentsThe Forager's DilemmaPreference Eliminativism?Preference-Like StatesPart II: Not Just Another Species Of Large Mammal:6. Reconstructing Hominid Evolution:Testing Theories Of Human EvolutionFrom Cognitive Device To Evolutionary HistoryMaking ProgressAn Example: Tomasello's ConjectureConclusions7. The Co-Operation Explosion:The Co-Operative PrimateGroup Selection And Human Co-OperationThe Ecological Trigger Of Hominid Co-OperationCoalition And EnforcementCommitment To Enforcement.Upshot8. The Self-Made Species:Ecological EngineersCumulative Niche Construction: The Cognitive ConditionCumulative Niche Construction: The Social ConditionHominid Epistemic EngineeringDownstream Epistemic Engineering9. Heterogeneous Environments And Variable Response:Phenotypic PlasticityIs Plasticity An Adaptation?ReprisePart III: The Fate Of The Folk:10. The Massive Modularity Hypothesis:Massive ModularityLanguage: Paradigm Or Outlier?Communicative IntentionsFodor's Modules And Their LimitsInward BoundEvolution And EncapsulationThe Poverty Of The StimulusThe Case Of Folk BiologyModularity And The Frame Problem11. Interpreting Other Agents:A Theory Of Mind Module? Deconstructing The Folk Psychology ModuleInterpretation, Perception And Scaffolded LearningTruth, Evidence And SuccessCo-Ordination And MeaningSomething New Under The Sun?References Index
Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University in Wellington and at the Research School of Social Science at the Australian National University. He is the author of The Representational Theory of Mind (Blackwell, 1990) and the co-author, with Michael Devitt, of Language and Reality (second edition, 1999) and with Paul Griffiths, Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (1999).
"Written with both clarity and rigor, Thought in a Hostile World is a richly informed and sophisticated account of the evolution of complex cognition. Sterelny's arguments appeal, not so much because they reinforce our preconceptions - on the contrary, we are frequently challenged - but rather because they are informed, well-reasoned, and leave us with plenty to think about. Sterelny's book could aptly be renamed Clear Thought in a Muddled World and evolutionary psychologists, in particular, would benefit from reading it." Kevin N. Laland, University of St. Andrews "This book is a godsend for anyone wanting to understand the evolution of human cognition without buying into the wholesale modularism of recent evolutionary psychology. Densely, but elegantly, written and replete with fascinating empirical detail, this book represents a major advance in the philosophical understanding of human cognitive evolution." Fiona Cowie, California Institute of Technology