Information and Meaning in Evolutionary Processes

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 2004 - Science
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This book is intended to help transform epistemology - the traditional study of knowledge - into a rigorous discipline by removing conceptual roadblocks and developing formal tools required for a fully naturalized epistemology. The evolutionary approach which Harms favours begins with the common observation that if our senses and reasoning were not reliable, then natural selection would have eliminated them long ago. The challenge for some time has been how to transform these informal musings about evolutionary epistemology into a rigorous theoretical discipline capable of complementing current scientific studies of the evolution of cognition with a philosophically defensible account of meaning and justification.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Generalizing Evolutionary Theory
13
II Modeling Information Flow in Evolutionary Processes
79
III Meaning Conventions and Normativity
187
Epilogue
241
Notes
247
Appendix
253
References
259
Index
265
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