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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Friday, December 29, 2006
On evolutionary epistemology
The article starts out with a classic contrast between the humanities and sciences. On the one hand, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (in his Tractatus) remarked that “Darwin's theory has no more to do with philosophy than any other hypothesis in natural science.” Apparently, Darwin himself disagreed, as it is clear from this bit from his Notebook M of 1838: “Plato ... says in his Phaedo that our 'necessary ideas' arise from the preexistence of the soul, are not derived from experience – read monkeys for preexistence.”
I'd be curious to see what you guys think of this indirect exchange between Ludwig and Chuck, and more generally about evo-epistemology.