The Biological Mind: A Philosophical Introduction 2nd Edition
The Biological Mind: A Philosophical Introduction:
For some, biology explains all there is to know about the mind. Yet many big questions remain: Is the mind shaped by genes or the environment? If mental traits are the result of adaptations built up over thousands of years, as evolutionary psychologists claim, how can such claims be tested? If the mind is a machine, as biologists argue, how does it allow for something as complex as human thought?
Revised and updated to take account of new developments in the field, The Biological Mind: A Philosophical Introduction explores these questions and more, using the philosophy of biology to introduce and assess the nature of the mind. Justin Garson addresses the following key topics:
- moral psychology, altruism, and levels of selection;
- evolutionary psychology and the adaptationism debate;
- genes, environment, and the nature-nurture debate;
- natural selection and mental representation;
- psychiatric classification and the maladapted mind.
This second edition includes three new chapters on race, sex, and human nature as well as new sections on group and kin selection, psychological altruism, and cultural evolution. Including chapter summaries, annotated further readings, a glossary of terms, and examples and case studies throughout, this is an indispensable introduction for those teaching philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of biology. It will also be an excellent resource for those in related fields such as biology.
Table of Contents
1. What is natural selection?
2. Do groups undergo selection?
3. Is natural selection the most powerful force of evolution?
4. Is evolution the foundation of psychology?
5. Do cultures evolve?
6. Is anything innate?
7. Are people altruistic?
8. What are mental representations?
9. What are Mental Disorders?
10. Did racial classification evolve?
11. Are there evolved psychological sex differences?
12. Does human nature exist?