Discourse Learning and Social Evolution

The Emergence of Novelty

By Max Miller

© 2013 – Routledge

256 pages

About the Book

This key book is at the cutting edge of academic research within this sphere of sociology. How discourse develops in children is a critical concept for discourse learning (the development of basic premises of knowledge). This important work takes this idea and applies it to social groups and systems.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Learning How to Contradict and Still Pursue a Common End 3. Argumentation and Cognition 4. Moral Discourse 5. Discourse and Morality: Two Case Studies of Social Conflicts in a Segmentary and a Functionally Differentiated Society 6. Intersystemic Discourse and Coordinated Dissensus 7. Why Darwinism Fails in Explaining Social and Cultural Evolution 8. Planning and Evolution 9. Some Theoretical Aspects of Systemic Learning 10. Commentaries to 'Some Theoretical Aspects of Systemic Learning' 11. Who Conducts a Discourse: A Reply to my Commentators

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

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