Title: Het 'universele zuur' van de evolutionaire psychologie?
Other Titles: The 'Universal Acid' of Evolutionary Psychology
Authors: Boudry, Maarten ×
De Cruz, Helen
Blancke, Stefaan
De Smedt, Johan #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Tijdschrift voor filosofie
Series Title: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie vol:73 issue:2 pages:287-305
Abstract: In a previous issue of Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, Filip Buekens argues that evolutionary psychology (EP), or some interpretations thereof, have a corrosive impact on our "manifest self-image". Buekens wants to defend and protect the "global adequacy" of this manifest self-image in the face of what he calls evolutionary revisionism. Although we largely agree with Buekens' central argument, we criticize his analysis on several accounts, and make some constructive proposals to strengthen his case. First, Buekens' argument fails to target EP, because his notion of the 'constitutive conditions' of our attitudes is too wide and too extensive. Second, his defense of the global adequacy of our attitudes does not allow for sufficient differentiation to analyze the problem of potential self-refutation with respect to EP. Third, his account of knowledge about constitutive conditions, and its impact on our self-image, is problematic. We provide a more detailed explanation for the pervasiveness of evolutionary revisionism and other misconceptions about EP. Finally, we consider in what sense EP may legitimately affect our self-image, and whether it can truly inspire corrections of our view of human nature.(25)
ISSN: 0040-750X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy
× corresponding author
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