Evolutionary Epistemology and its Implications for Humankind

By Franz M. Wuketits

Subjects: Evolution, Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Philosophy and Biology
Paperback : 9780791402863, 262 pages, July 1990
Hardcover : 9780791402856, 262 pages, July 1990

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Table of contents


Prospectus: Approaching an Evolutionary Theory of Knowledge

1. Taking Evolution Seriously

2. The Historical Background

3 Evolution as a Cognition Process

4. Cognition and Reality

5. The Evolution of Human Knowledge

6. Evolutionary Epistemology and Culture

7. Evolutionary Epistemology and the Evolution of Science

8. The Chalenge to Philosophy

Epilogue: Toward a New Image of Humankind




Index of Names

Index of Subjects


This books aims to outline the scientific (biological) foundations of evolutionary epistemology, and to discuss its implications for humankind. Wuketits covers all aspects of evolutionary epistemology, including its empirical foundations and its philosophical and anthropological consequences, providng an accessible introduction with a minimum of jargon.

Franz M. Wuketits is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Vienna, Austria and Lecturer of Philosophy of Biology at the University of Graz, Austria.


"It is a concise introduction to evolutionary epistemology and thus serves the growing philosophy of biology discipline well. It is the first book-length work written specifically to introduce students and scholars to the field of evolutionary epistemology and its philosophical ramifications. " — David Edward Shaner