The Evolution of Reason

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The Evolution of Reason

By William S. Cooper

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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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> Science

The Evolution of Reason
Logic as a Branch of Biology
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1/29/01
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511031653
ISBN 13: 9780511031656
Print ISBN: 9780521791960

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