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Problems with Using Evolutionary Theory in Philosophy

Park, Seungbae (2017) Problems with Using Evolutionary Theory in Philosophy.

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Does science move toward truths? Are present scientific theories (approximately) true? Should we invoke truths to explain the success of science? Do our cognitive faculties track truths? Some philosophers say yes, while others say no, to these questions. Interestingly, both groups use the same scientific theory, viz., evolutionary theory, to defend their positions. I argue that it begs the question for the former group to do so because their positive answers imply that evolutionary theory is warranted, whereas it is self-defeating for the latter group to do so because their negative answers imply that evolutionary theory is unwarranted.


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Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Goal of Science, Success of Science, Evolutionary (Debunking) Arguments
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:11
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:11
Item ID: 15624
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15624

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