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Cognition and Biological Evolution An Idealist Approach resolves a Fundamental Paradox

Randrup, Axel (2004) Cognition and Biological Evolution An Idealist Approach resolves a Fundamental Paradox. [Preprint] (Unpublished)

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    The scientific study of cognition in the context of biological evolution (Cognition and Evolution, CE) has led to the result, that all our thoughts and cognitions, including science and philosophy, are dependent on our cognitive apparatus in its present stage of evolution. I find, that this result is in contradiction with the basic philosophy of mainstream biology, the philosophy of materialist realism, which recognizes the existence a material world independent of human observation and cognition. I therefore regard it as impossible to make a contradiction-free account of CE based on materialist realism (including "hypothetical realism"). An account of natural science, biological evolution, and CE based on an idealist philosophy is offered, and it is argued that this account is free of contradictions. Key words : Cognition and biological evolution, contradiction-free account, philosophy of science, idealist philosophy, materialist philosophy, time, psychological Now. n


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Idealist philosophy, evolutionary epistemology, materialist realism,Idealist ontology, psychological Now
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
    General Issues > Theory/Observation
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Axel, Abraham Randrup
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1563
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1563

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