PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Symposium: New Perspectives on the Evolution of the Mind

Friday, 4 November 2016
09:00 - 11:45

Augusta G (7th Floor)

Chair: Carrie Figdor, University of Iowa

In recent years, a new generation of philosophers has started applying the powerful resources of evolutionary theory to the study of mind without committing to the most controversial assumptions of the evolutionary psychology movement. Their work raises important questions for philosophers of science. Which evolutionary questions about the mind can we answer empirically? How can we test hypotheses about the evolution of mind, given that the mind leaves no fossil records? What can we learn about the mind by investigating its evolutionary history? In this symposium, we present the progress afforded by evolutionary approaches for our understanding of the evolution of abstract reasoning, altruism, non-linguistic communication, and the sense of fairness. The participants are all researching interrelated aspects of the evolution of mind. Our symposium will introduce a wider audience to this important new research area. It will illustrate how the debate on the evolution of mind is shifting and how our understanding of the nature of the mind can be informed and transformed by an evolutionary perspective. Finally, the different perspectives represented in this symposium are intended to stimulate a lively debate about the evolution of mind and its lessons for the philosophy of biology, psychology, and neuroscience.

The Evolution of the Sense of Fairness
Sarah Brosnan, Georgia State University,
The Representational Basis of the Evolution of Theorizing
Hayley Clatterbuck, University of Rochester,
The Evolution of Altruism
Gualtiero Piccinini, University of MO - Saint Louis,
Armin Schulz, University of Kansas,
The Role of Emotional Expressions in the Evolution of Communication
Andrea Scarantino, georgia state university,
A Moderate Evolutionary Psychology
Armin Schulz, University of Kansas,


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