Thought in a Hostile World: The Evolution of Human Cognition

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Wiley, Sep 12, 2003 - Philosophy - 280 pages
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Thought in a Hostile World is an exploration of the evolution of cognition, especially human cognition, by one of today's foremost philosophers of biology and of mind.


  • Featuresan exploration of the evolution of human cognition.
  • Written by one of today’s foremost philosophers of mind and language.
  • Presents a set of analytic tools for thinking about cognition and its evolution.
  • Offers a critique of nativist, modular versions of evolutionary psychology, rejecting the example of language as a model for thinking about human cognitive capacities.
  • Applies to the areas of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and evolutionary psychology.

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About the author (2003)

Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington and at the Research School of Social Science at the Australian National University. He is the author of The Representational Theory of Mind (Blackwell, 1990) and the co-author, with Michael Devitt, of Language and Reality (second edition, 1999) and, with Paul Griffiths, Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (1999).

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