Evolution of logic

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    I found this on the Cambridge Uni Press site:

    The Evolution of Reason
    Logic as a Branch of Biology
    William S. Cooper
    University of California, Berkeley
    Price: TBA
    Bindings: Hardback
    Date of Publication: 6/4/2001
    Bibliographic Description:
      2001 228 x 152 mm 224pp 28 line diagrams
    ISBN: 0521791960
    Status: Forthcoming
    Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
    Category: Academic
    Subject: Philosophy of science

    The formal systems of logic have ordinarily been regarded as independent
    of biology, but recent developments in evolutionary theory suggest that
    biology and logic may be intimately interrelated. Cooper outlines a
    theory of rationality in which logical law emerges as an intrinsic
    aspect of evolutionary biology. He examines the connections between
    logic and evolutionary biology and illustrates how logical rules are
    derived directly from evolutionary principles, and therefore have no
    independent status of their own. This biological perspective on logic,
    though unorthodox, could change traditional ideas about the reasoning process.

    Contents 1. The biology of logic; 2. The evolutionary derivation of
    life-history strategy theory; 3. The evolutionary derivation of decision
    logic; 4. The evolutionary derivation of inductive logic (part I); 5.
    The evolutionary derivation of deductive logic; 6. The evolutionary
    derivation of inductive logic (part II); 7. The evolutionary derivation
    of mathematics; 8. Broadening the evolutionary base of classical logic;
    9. The evolutionary derivation of nonclassical logic; 10. Radical
    reductionism in logic; 11. Toward a unified scienc

    Key Features
      Shows how logic relates to evolutionary theory
      Provides a significant contribution to evolutionary epistemology
      Derives the usual laws of logic from evolutionary considerations alone

    John Wilkins, Head, Communication Services, The Walter and Eliza Hall 
    Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia
    Homo homini aut deus aut lupus - Erasmus of Rotterdam
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