Philosophical Darwinism: On the Origin of Knowledge by Means of Natural Selection

Synopsis

Peter Munz's latest book examines knowledge in the light of biology and in particular, in the light of Darwin's theory of natural selection.It argues that the biological interpretation of the phenomenon of knowledge not only supersedes all varieties of traditional positivism but is also an improvement on the sociology of knowledge as well as on the current vogue of cognitive science and makes postmodern relativism superfluous. The aquisition of knowledge, Munz argues, is continuous, right from the protozoa to the most advanced scientific theories. Organisms are best seen as embodied theories and scientific theories are best understood as disembodied organisms, the selection of which, though artificial, is controlled by the same principles as evolution itself.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1993