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Synthetic Philosophy

Schliesser, Eric (2019) Synthetic Philosophy. [Preprint]

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In this essay, I discuss Dennett’s *From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds* (hereafter From Bacteria) and Godfrey Smith’s *Other Minds: The Octopus and The Evolution of Intelligent Life* (hereafter Other Minds) from a methodological perspective. I show that these both instantiate what I call ‘synthetic philosophy.’ They are both Darwinian philosophers of science who draw on each other’s work (with considerable mutual admiration). In what follows I first elaborate on synthetic philosophy in light of From Bacteria and Other Minds; I also explain my reasons for introducing the term; and I close by looking at the function of Darwinism in contemporary synthetic philosophy.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schliesser, Ericnescio2@yahoo.com
Keywords: Synthetic Philosophy, Darwinism, Daniel Dennett, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Professional Philosophy metaphilosophy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Eric Schliesser
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 04:33
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 04:33
Item ID: 15734
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 29 January 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15734

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