PhilSci Archive

Agential Thinking (Preprint)

Veit, Walter (2021) Agential Thinking (Preprint). [Preprint]

[img]
Preview
Text
Agential_Thinking_Preprint.pdf

Download (346kB) | Preview

Abstract

In his 2009 monograph, Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, Peter Godfrey-Smith accuses biologists of demonstrating ‘Darwinian Paranoia’ when they engage in what he dubs ‘agential thinking’.
But as Daniel Dennett points out, he offers neither an illuminating set of examples nor an extended argument for this assertion, thus deeming it to be a brilliant propaganda stroke against what is actually a useful way of thinking. Compared to the dangers of teleological thinking in biology, the dangers of agential thinking have unfortunately rarely been discussed. Drawing on recent work by Samir Okasha, I attempt to remedy this omission, through analyzing the nature of agential thinking, and providing a philosophical treatment of the unexamined dangers in this peculiar, yet tempting way of thinking.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: Agential Thinking; Intentional Stance; Agency; Natural selection
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2021 13:18
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2021 13:18
Item ID: 19469
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19469

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item