Culture and Cultural Entities

Toward a New Unity of Science

  • Joseph Margolis

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 170)

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About this book

Introduction

Culture and Cultural Entities provides an original philosophical analysis of the nature and explanation of cultural phenomena, with special attention to ontology and methodology. It addresses in depth such topics as: the relation between physical and biological nature and cultural phenomena; the analysis of intentionality; the nature and explanation of action; causality; causal explanation and the unity of science; theories of language; historicity; animal and human intelligence; psychological and social phenomena; technology and evolution. Its approach features a form of non-reductive materialism, examines a wide range of views, and is highly readable, making it suitable for professionals, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and an informed general audience. A new chapter was added to give a sense of pertinent trends since the appearance of the first edition, particularly with respect to the history of philosophy, pragmatism, the unity of science, and evolution. The unity, scope, and simplicity of the theory are well-regarded.

Keywords

cognitivism cultural emergence culture evolution human sciences intentionality language mind ontology person

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Margolis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2554-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2553-1
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2554-8
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