This book examines philosophical and scientific implications of Neodarwinism relative to recent empirical data. It develops explanations of social behavior and cognition through analysis of mental capabilities and consideration of ethical issues. It includes debate within cognitive science among explanations of social and moral phenomena from philosophy, evolutionary and cognitive psychology, neurobiology, linguistics, and computer science.
The series Cognitive Science provides an original corpus of scholarly work that makes explicit the import of cognitive-science research for philosophical analysis. Topics include the nature, structure, and justification of knowledge, cognitive architectures and development, brain-mind theories, and consciousness.
Mirera BELIL: Foreword Francisco TOMAS VERT: Foreword Oscar VILARROYA, Antoni BULBENA, Joaquim COLL, and Adolf TOBENA: Foreword: From Dialogue to "The Social Brain" Chair Acknowledgments Francesc FORN I ARGIMON: Introduction Part One: Learning Processes of Social Values Nuria SEBASTIAN GALLES: Learning: A Brief Introduction from the Neurosciences Daniel C. DENNETT: Can Unselfishness Be Taught? Katherine NELSON: Learning from a Bio-cultural Developmental Perspective Eric BREDO: When is Ethical Learning? Emily A. PARKER and Lawrence W. BARSALOU: Perspectiveless Certainty in Socio-Cultural-Political Beliefs Stevan HARNAD: Spare Me the Complements: An Immoderate Proposal for Eliminating the "We/They" Category Boundary Part Two: The Neurobiology and/or Psychology of Moral Thought Adolf TOBENA: Benumbing and Moral Exaltation in Deadly Martyrs: A View from Neuroscience Scott ATRAN: Religion, Suicide, Terrorism, and the Moral Foundation of the World Shaun NICHOLS: On the Psychological Diversity of Moral Insensitivity William A. ROTTSCHAEFER: The Benumbing Moral Indifference of the Wealthy: What Does it Take to Motivate the Fulfillment of a Minimal Norm of Economic Justice? Felix OVEJERO: Naturalistic Perspectives on Morality, Limits, and Possibilities Antoni GOMILA: Suicide Terrorists, Neuroscience, and Morality: Taking Complexities into Account David PREMACK: Foundations of Morality in the Infant Part Three: Evolutionary Roots of Social Behavior Arcadi NAVARRO: Conflict and Cooperation in Human Affairs Sandro NANNINI: A Comment on "Conflict and Cooperation in Human Affairs" by Arcadi Navarro F. John ODLING-SMEE: Cultural Niche Construction and Human Evolution Camilo JOSE CELA CONDE, Miguel ANGEL CAPO, Marcos NADAL, and Carlos RAMOS: What Do We Know of the Social Brain? Merlin DONALD: Evolutionary Origins of the Social Brain Luc STEELS: Language Originated in Social Brains Derek BICKERTON: The Ape in the Anthill Robert GINSBERG: Human Cognition and the Recognition of Humanity About the Contributors Index