Authors

David J. Buller

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

Millikan (1993) and Wilson (1994) argue, for different reasons, that the essential reference to the environment in adaptationist explanations of behavior makes (psychological) individualism inconsistent with evolutionary psychology. I show that their arguments are based on misinterpretationso f the role of referencet o the environmenti n such explanations. By exploring these misinterpretationsI, develop an account of explanation in evolutionary psychology that is fully consistent with individualism. This does not, however, constitute a full-fledged defense of individualism, since evolutionary psychology is only one explanatory paradigm among many in psychology.

Publication Date

1-1-1997

Department

Department of Philosophy

Language

eng

Publisher

Philosophy of Science

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In Copyright

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