How to De-Ruse sociobiological theory of knowledge

Joseph Życiński



In this paper I try to answer what precisely is meant by the myste­rious „attraction”, and how can a critical version of sociobiological episte­mology be reconciled with the standpoint of metascientific rationalism. My answer to the latter question is that sociobiology and rationalism can be reconciled only if one rejects, or substantially modifies, those statements in Ruse’s expositions that seem much closer to rhetoric than to critical metascientific reflection.


sociobiology; knowledge; science; evolutionary perspective

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