Selection Theory and Social Construction: The Evolutionary Naturalistic Epistemology of Donald T. Campbell

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Cecilia Heyes, David L. Hull
SUNY Press, Jul 26, 2001 - Philosophy - 198 pages
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In his long career, Donald T. Campbell made important contributions to social psychology, anthropology, sociology, education, science studies, and epistemology. In this anthology, the authors concentrate on his epistemology, in particular his evolutionary, naturalistic epistemology. The four philosophers, two psychologists, a sociologist, and specialists in science studies and education discuss Campbell’s contributions, explaining and criticizing them in a comprehensive way. Campbell and his ideas are treated in a strikingly new light—Campbell enters the new millennium.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Universal Selection Theory and the Complementarity of Different Types of Blind Variation and Selective Retention
15
The Metaphysical Foundation of Campbells Selectionist Epistemology
35
Critical Hypothetical Evolutionary Naturalism
53
On Being a Philosophical Naturalist A Tribute to Donald Campbell
71
Nested Hierarchies of Vicarious Selectors
101
Social Constructions and Evolution
119
Natural Tensions Realism and Constructivism
135
In Search of Epistemological Warrant
155
References
169
Contributors
191
Index
195
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About the author (2001)

Cecilia Heyes is a Reader in Psychology at University College London and coeditor (with Ludwig Huber) of The Evolution of Cognition.

David L. Hull is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and the author of many books, including most recently Science and Selection: Essays on Biological Evolution and the Philosophy of Science.

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