Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture: A Non-Adaptationist, Systems Theoretical Approach (Theory and Decision Library A:)

Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture: A Non-Adaptationist, Systems Theoretical Approach (Theory and Decision Library A:)

ISBN10: 904816852X
ISBN13: 978-9048168521
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Title: Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture: A Non-Adaptationist, Systems Theoretical Approach (Theory and Decision Library A:)
Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006 edition (November 29, 2010)
Language: English
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Pages: 494 pages
Subcategory: Humanities

Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture: A Non-Adaptationist, Systems Theoretical Approach (Theory and Decision Library A:)



For the first time in history, scholars working on language and culture from within an evolutionary epistemological framework, and thereby emphasizing complementary or deviating theories of the Modern Synthesis, were brought together. Of course there have been excellent conferences on Evolutionary Epistemology in the past, as well as numerous conferences on the topics of Language and Culture. However, until now these disciplines had not been brought together into one all-encompassing conference.

Moreover, previously there never had been such stress on alternative and complementary theories of the Modern Synthesis. Today we know that natural selection and evolution are far from synonymous and that they do not explain isomorphic phenomena in the world. ‘Taking Darwin seriously’ is the way to go, but today the time has come to take alternative and complementary theories that developed after the Modern Synthesis, equally seriously, and, furthermore, to examine how language and culture can merit from these diverse disciplines.

As this volume will make clear, a specific inter- and transdisciplinary approach is one of the next crucial steps that needs to be taken, if we ever want to unravel the secrets of phenomena such as language and culture.


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