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Complexity and the Function of Mind in Nature

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This book explains the relationship between intelligence and environmental complexity, and in so doing links philosophy of mind to more general issues about the relations between organisms and environments, and to the general pattern of 'externalist' explanations. The author provides a biological approach to the investigation of mind and cognition in nature. In particular he explores the idea that the function of cognition is to enable agents to deal with environmental complexity. The history of the idea in the work of Dewey and Spencer is considered, as is the impact of recent evolutionary theory on our understanding of the place of mind in nature.

Previously owned by a philosophy professor so contains working pen marks and notes but otherwise this is an excellent working copy.

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Author(s):
Godfrey-Smith, peter
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1996
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521451663
ISBN-13:
9780521451666
Number of pages:
311
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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This book explains the relationship between intelligence and environmental complexity, and in so doing links philosophy of mind to more general issues about the relations between organisms and environments, and to the general pattern of 'externalist' explanations. The author provides a biological approach to the investigation of mind and cognition in nature. In particular he explores the idea that the function of cognition is to enable agents to deal with environmental complexity. The history of the idea in the work of Dewey and Spencer is considered, as is the impact of recent evolutionary theory on our understanding of the place of mind in nature.

Previously owned by a philosophy professor so contains working pen marks and notes but otherwise this is an excellent working copy.

Author(s):
Godfrey-Smith, peter
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1996
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521451663
ISBN-13:
9780521451666
Number of pages:
311
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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