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Efficient CognitionThe Evolution of Representational Decision Making$
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Armin W. Schulz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037600

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037600.001.0001

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A Moderate Evolutionary Psychology

A Moderate Evolutionary Psychology

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(p.41) 3 A Moderate Evolutionary Psychology
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Efficient Cognition
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Armin W. Schulz

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037600.003.0003

This chapter defends a moderate, evidential form of evolutionary psychology that is not prey to the concerns raised by the critics of other forms of evolutionary psychology, and which can still add much of value to discussions in psychology, social science, and philosophy. This moderate form is arrived at, on the one hand, through scaling back the aims of the project—namely, towards providing only partial evolutionary biological analyses of a given psychological phenomenon—and, on the other, through showing how a compelling but moderate form of evolutionary psychology can be gotten off the ground—namely, by using all of the relevant pieces of information about a given psychological trait.

Keywords:   evolutionary psychology, adaptationism, just-so story, evidence

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