As psychology and philosophy arose as answers to the eternal question of how the mind works, evolutionary psychology has gained ground over recent years as a link between cognitive-behavioral and natural-science theories of the mind. This provocative field has also gathered a wide range of criticisms, from attributing too much autonomy to the brain to basing itself on faulty assumptions about our prehistoric past.Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology reframes its discipline for the contemporary era, correcting common misconceptions and mediating between different schools of thought. By focusing on the nature and limits of knowledge and reasoning--the essence of epistemology--contributors offer fresh insights at the intersection of human cognitive abilities as adaptations and our self-perception of knowledge, including evolutionary perspectives on altruism, depression, or the phasing out of human sacrifice. This diversity strengthens and vindicates the field, as evinced by thought-provoking dispatches such as:
Toward a cognitive philosophy of science.
Evolutionary media psychology and its epistemological foundation.
The "meme" meme revisited.
Depression as an adaptation.
Like me: a homophily-based account of human culture.
Preparedness to learn about the world: evidence from infant research.
An engaging and often controversial testament to the combined power of evolution and logic, Epistemological Dimensions of Evolutionary Psychology will intrigue philosophers as well as psychologists in a variety of subdisciplines.
Thiemo Breyer, born 1981, studied philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive science at the Universities of Freiburg and Cambridge. After postdoctoral research at the University of Heidelberg, he is currently Professor for Transformations of Knowledge at the University of Cologne.
Philosophy and Evolution.- The Broad Foundations of Adaptationist-Computational Evolutionary Psychology.- Towards a Cognitive Philosophy of Science.- The `Meme' Meme Revisited.- Evolutionary Psychology, Altruism, and Kin Selection.- Like Me: A Homophily-Based Account of Human Culture.- Evolutionary Media Psychology and its Epistemological Foundation.- Preparedness to Learn about the World: Evidence from Infant Research.- Depression as an Adaptation: The Infection-Defense Hypothesis and Cytokine Mechanisms.- When Misrepresentation Is Successful.- Human Sacrifice and the Evolution of Thinking - A Critical Assessment of Christoph Turcke's Philosophy of Dreams.