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Experience and Beyond

The Outline of A Darwinian Metaphysics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jan Faye
    Pages 1-30
  3. Jan Faye
    Pages 31-61
  4. Jan Faye
    Pages 95-157
  5. Jan Faye
    Pages 159-208
  6. Jan Faye
    Pages 209-224
  7. Jan Faye
    Pages 225-243
  8. Jan Faye
    Pages 245-277
  9. Jan Faye
    Pages 279-298
  10. Jan Faye
    Pages 325-329
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 331-350

About this book


This book presents a persuasive argument in favour of evolutionary naturalism and outlines what such a stance means for our capacity of observation and understanding reality. The author discusses how our capacity of knowledge is adapted to handle sensory information about the environment in the light of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The implication of this is that much of our thinking in science and philosophy that goes beyond our immediate experience rests on abstractions and hypostatization. This book rejects the possibility of having any knowledge of reality as it is in itself, while not denying that our capacity of conceptual abstractions is of great benefit for our survival. 


evolution science metaphysics congnitive science Darwin epistemology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media, Cognition, and CommunicationUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

About the authors

Jan Faye teaches epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published extensively within these areas in Danish as well as English. Some of his latest books include After Postmodernism (2012) and The Nature of Scientific Thinking (2014).

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