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Psychological Categories as Homologies: Lessons from Ethology

Ereshefsky, Marc (2007) Psychological Categories as Homologies: Lessons from Ethology. In: [2007] The Importance of Homology for Biology and Philosophy.

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    Abstract

    This paper takes up the project of studying psychological categories as homologies. Ethologists have numerous theoretical ideas concerning the phylogeny and ontogeny of behavioral homologies. They also have well-developed operational methods for testing behavioral homologies. Many of these theoretical ideas and operational criteria can be applied to psychological homologies. This paper suggests that insights from ethology should be incorporated in adaptationist and functionalist approaches to psychology. Doing so would strengthen those approaches.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Additional Information: Presented as part of the symposium ‘The Importance of Homology for Biology and Philosophy’ at ISHPSSB 2007 (July 25-29, Exeter). To appear together with the other symposium papers in a special issue of Biology and Philosophy (2007, volume 22, issue 5, guest-editors: I. Brigandt and P.E. Griffiths).
    Keywords: adaptationism, behavioral homology, evolutionary psychology, functionalism, homology, ontogeny, phylogeny
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] The Importance of Homology for Biology and Philosophy
    Depositing User: Ingo Brigandt
    Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3512
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3512

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