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Title: Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture
Subtitle: A non-adaptationist, systems theoretical approach
URL: http://www.springer.com/west/home?SGWID=4-102-22-44128602-0&changeHeader=true
Series Title: Theory and Decision Library A: , Vol. 39
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 140203394X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 493
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