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Date of Award

8-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Philosophy

Supervisor

Barry Allen

Language

English

Abstract

In my thesis I argue against the four primary commitments of Evolutionary Psychology 1) Adaptationism, 2) Nativism, 3) Modularity, and 4) Computationalism.

In the second half of my thesis, I present an alternative view. I argue that many aspects of human cognition that Evolutionary Psychology take to be adaptations, are in fact spandrels, or by products of adaptation. Facts about human developmental neurobiology put further strain on the first three theses. I reconceptualize human cognition as a decoupled use of artifacts. I claim that this makes better sense of the phylogenie difference between humans and chimpanzees.

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