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Henry Plotkin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568285.001.0001

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Cognitive science, philosophy and the problem of unbounded culture

Cognitive science, philosophy and the problem of unbounded culture

(p.249) Chapter 7 Cognitive science, philosophy and the problem of unbounded culture
Necessary Knowledge

Henry Plotkin

Oxford University Press

Previous chapters have been concerned with the evolutionary, cognitive, and comparative science that informs us of how one should understand the relationship between learning and evolution. However, the issues raised, and the answer given in the form of the thesis of necessary representational knowledge, also derive some support from aspects of philosophy of science, and may also be seen as having specific implications for at least one central problem of classical epistemology. In addition, it raises questions concerning the powers of culture, and how in humans that relationship between evolution and learning may be altered with profound consequences for our species. These subjects are the focus of this chapter.

Keywords:   evolutionary science, comparative science, learning, cognitive science

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