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Evolution and the Naked Truth

Darwinian Approach to Philosophy, 1st Edition

By Gonzalo Munevar

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247 pages

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Published in 1998, the main aim of this book is to use a naturalistic, evolutionary approach to solve some of the most important problems in philosophy. The first two problems come from the philosophy of science: the problem of rationality of science and the problem of truth in science. In presenting the first problem, the author argues that the views of Kuhn and Feyerabend do create a very serious challenge to traditional epistemology, however, if the assumption of individual rationality is abandoned in favour of the author's social concept of rationality, a committed naturalism can account for science as a rational activity. In tackling the second problem of truth, the author shows that a committed evolutionary philosophy does not support realism but leads instead to a thorough evolutionary relativism of scientific knowledge. It is nevertheless possible to use this evolutionary relativism to construct a theory of relative truth. The issue of whether science discovers truth has also been tied to absolutism, that a well formulated theory of relative truth is likely to bring about a profound transformation of the way we think about the field. The author explores the notion of relative truth in the philosophy of science, ethics and aesthetics.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Evolutionary Relativism 1. Evolution and the Naked Truth 2. Extraterrestrial and Human Science 3. Bohr and Evolutionary Relativism 4. Cultural Relativism and Universalism 5. A Note of Margolis Part 2: Evolution and Rationality 6. The Connection Between Evolution and the Nature of Scientific Knowledge 7. Towards a Future Epistemology of Science 8. Hull, Biology and Epistemology 9. Science as Part of Nature Part 3: From Epistemology to Ethics 10. Evolution and Justification 11. The Morality of Rational Ants 12. A Naturalistic Account of Free Will Part 4: Application to Space Science 13. A Philosopher Looks at Space Exploration 14. Pecking Orders and Rhetoric in Science 15. SETI, Self-Reproducing Machines and Impossibility Proofs.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General