Theories of the Evolution of Knowing

Theories of the Evolution of Knowing

Theories of the Evolution of Knowing

Theories of the Evolution of Knowing

Synopsis

This volume presents current thought and criticism on evolutionary epistemology -- the evolution of knowledge and knowing. As the theme of the fourth T. C. Schneirla Conference held at Wichita State University, evolutionary epistemology was examined from several diverse areas of study including comparative, developmental, physiological, and cultural psychology as well as philosophy. Theories of the Evolution of Knowing addresses alternatives to the genetic determinism inherent in Donald Campbell's concept of genetic epistemology. The concept of integrative levels is shown to offer a parsimonious, non- reductionist approach to the development of "knowing" as a human capacity.

Excerpt

The fourth conference honoring T. C. Schneirla's contributions to psychology was held once again at the Wichita State University in November 1987. Our theme focused on evolutionary epistemology (i.e., the evolution of knowledge and of knowing). We were fortunate in having Donald Campbell, one of the important contributors to this area of study, to present the opening paper and to thus set the stage for an interesting series of sessions and theoretical discussions. the papers presented depict current thought about the topic, as well as current criticism of it. the panelists represented diverse areas of study: comparative psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, cultural psychology, and philosophy. As has been the tradition in the conference series, the final session allowed all the panelists, discussants, and organizers to interact as a group during a 3-hour discussion. This provided for the airing of many theoretical points and the clarification of many raised during the paper presentations. Authors utilized this discussion in the preparation of their final drafts.

We are indebted to the administration of the Wichita State University for its continued funding of the conference series.

Gary Greenberg Ethel Tobach . . .

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