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The Evolution of Reason

The Evolution of Reason
Logic as a Branch of Biology

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521540254

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  • The formal systems of logic have ordinarily been regarded as independent of biology, but recent developments in evolutionary theory suggest that biology and logic may be intimately interrelated. In this book, William Cooper outlines a theory of rationality in which logical law emerges as an intrinsic aspect of evolutionary biology. This biological perspective on logic, though at present unorthodox, could change traditional ideas about the reasoning process. Cooper examines the connections between logic and evolutionary biology and illustrates how logical rules are derived directly from evolutionary principles, and therefore have no independent status of their own. Laws of decision theory, utility theory, induction, and deduction are reinterpreted as natural consequences of evolutionary processes. Cooper's connection of logical law to evolutionary theory ultimately results in a unified foundation for an evolutionary science of reason. It will be of interest to professionals and students of philosophy of science, logic, evolutionary theory, and cognitive science.

    • Shows how logic relates to evolutionary theory
    • Provides a significant contribution to evolutionary epistemology
    • Derives the usual laws of logic from evolutionary considerations alone
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    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521540254
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The biology of logic
    2. The evolutionary derivation of life-history strategy theory
    3. The evolutionary derivation of decision logic
    4. The evolutionary derivation of inductive logic (Part I)
    5. The evolutionary derivation of deductive logic
    6. The evolutionary derivation of inductive logic (Part II)
    7. The evolutionary derivation of mathematics
    8. Broadening the evolutionary base of classical logic
    9. The evolutionary derivation of nonclassical logic
    10. Radical reductionism in logic
    11. Toward a unified science of reason
    Appendix: formal theory.

  • Author

    William S. Cooper, University of California, Berkeley

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