Where Biology Meets Psychology

Philosophical Essays

A great deal of interest and excitement surround the interface between the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of psychology, yet the area is neither well defined nor well represented in mainstream philosophical publications. This book is perhaps the first to open a dialogue between the two disciplines. Its aim is to broaden the traditional subject matter of the philosophy of biology while informing the philosophy of psychology of relevant biological constraints and insights.The book is organized around six themes: functions and teleology, evolutionary psychology, innateness, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and parallels between philosophy of biology and philosophy of mind. Throughout, one finds overlapping areas of study, larger philosophical implications, and even larger conceptual ties. Woven through these connections are shared concerns about the status of semantics, scientific law, evolution and adaptation, and cognition in general.

Contributors: André Ariew, Mark A. Bedau, David J. Buller, Paul Sheldon Davies, Stephen M. Downes, Charbel Niño El-Hani, Owen Flanagan, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Todd Grantham, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Gary Hatfield, Daniel W. McShea, Karen Neander, Shaun Nichols, Antonio Marcos Pereira, Tom Polger, Lawrence A. Shapiro, Kim Sterelny, Robert A. Wilson, William C. Wimsatt.

Table of Contents

  1. Contributors
  2. Introduction

    Valerie Gray Hardcastle

  3. 1. Fitness and the Fate of Unicorns

    Karen Neander

  4. 2. Understanding Functions: A Pragmatic Approach

    Valerie Gray Hardcastle

  5. 3. Evolutionary Psychology: Ultimate Explanations and Panglossian Predictions

    Todd Grantham and Shaun Nichols

  6. 4. The Conflict of Evolutionary Psychology

    Paul Sheldon Davies

  7. 5. Presence of Mind

    Lawrence A. Shapiro

  8. 6. DeFreuding Evolutionary Psychology: Adaptation and Human Motivation

    David J. Buller

  9. 7. Innateness Is Canalization: In Defense of a Developmental Account of Innateness

    André Ariew

  10. 8. Generativity, Entrenchment, Evolution, and Innateness: Philosophy, Evolutionary Biology, and Conceptual Foundations of Science

    William C. Wimsatt

  11. 9. Feelings as the Proximate Cause of Behavior

    Daniel W. McShea

  12. 10. Situated Agency and the Descent of Desire

    Kim Sterelny

  13. 11. Natural Answers to Natural Questions

    Thomas Polger and Owen Flanagan

  14. 12. Mental Functions as Constraints on Neurophysiology: Biology and Psychology of Vision

    Gary Hatfield

  15. 13. Ontogeny, Phylogeny, and Scientific Development

    Stephen M. Downes

  16. 14. Supple Laws in Psychology and Biology

    Mark A. Bedau

  17. 15. Genes and Codes: Lessons from the Philosophy of Mind?

    Peter Godfrey-Smith

  18. 16. Understanding Biological Causation

    Charbel Niño El-Hani and Antonio Marcos Pereira

  19. 17. The Individual in Biology and Psychology

    Robert A. Wilson

  20. Index