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Sterelny, Kim

Works: 34 works in 266 publications in 6 languages and 12,740 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
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Most widely held works about Kim Sterelny
Most widely held works by Kim Sterelny
What is biodiversity? by James Maclaurin( )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the life sciences, there is wide-ranging debate about biodiversity. While nearly everyone is in favor of biodiversity and its conservation, methods for its assessment vary enormously. So what exactly is biodiversity? Most theoretical work on the subject assumes it has something to do with species richness-with the number of species in a particular region-but in reality, it is much more than that. Arguing that we cannot make rational decisions about what it is to be protected without knowing what biodiversity is, James Maclaurin and Kim Sterelny offer in What Is Biodiversity? a theoretical and conceptual exploration of the biological world and how diversity is valued. Here, Maclaurin and Sterelny explore not only the origins of the concept of biodiversity, but also how that concept has been shaped by ecology and more recently by conservation biology. They explain the different types of biodiversity important in evolutionary theory, developmental biology, ecology, morphology and taxonomy and conclude that biological heritage is rich in not just one biodiversity but many. Maclaurin and Sterelny also explore the case for the conservation of these biodiversities using option value theory, a tool borrowed from economics. An erudite, provocative, timely, and creative attempt to answer a fundamental question, What Is Biodiversity? will become a foundational text in the life sciences and studies thereof."--The publisher
Language and reality : an introduction to the philosophy of language by Michael Devitt( )

60 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in English and held by 1,912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is language? How does it relate to the world? How does it relate to the mind? Should our view of language influence our view of the world? These are among the central issues covered in this introduction to the philosophy of language. Making no pretense of neutrality, Michael Devitt and Kim Steretny take a definite theoretical stance. Central to that stance is naturalism - that is, they treat a philosophical theory of language as an empirical theory like any other and see people as nothing but complex parts of the physical world. This leads them, controversially, to a deflationary view of the significance of the study of language: they dismiss the idea that the philosophy of language should be preeminent in philosophy
The major transitions in evolution revisited by Brett Calcott( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1995, John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry published their influential book The Major Transitions in Evolution. The "transitions" that Maynard Smith and Szathmáry chose to describe all constituted major changes in the kinds of organisms that existed but, most important, these events also transformed the evolutionary process itself. The evolution of new levels of biological organization, such as chromosomes, cells, multicelled organisms, and complex social groups radically changed the kinds of individuals natural selection could act upon. Many of these events also produced revolutionary changes in the process of inheritance, by expanding the range and fidelity of transmission, establishing new inheritance channels, and developing more open-ended sources of variation. Maynard Smith and Szathmáry had planned a major revision of their work, but the death of Maynard Smith in 2004 prevented this. In this volume, prominent scholars (including Szathmáry himself) reconsider and extend the earlier book's themes in light of recent developments in evolutionary biology. The contributors discuss different frameworks for understanding macroevolution, prokaryote evolution (the study of which has been aided by developments in molecular biology), and the complex evolution of multicellularity."--Publisher description
Cooperation and its evolution by Kim Sterelny( )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection reports on the latest research on an increasingly pivotal issue for evolutionary biology: cooperation. The chapters are written from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and utilize research tools that range from empirical survey to conceptual modeling, reflecting the rich diversity of work in the field. They explore a wide taxonomic range, concentrating on bacteria, social insects, and, especially, humans
The evolved apprentice : how evolution made humans unique by Kim (professor, Australian National University) Sterelny( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the last three million years or so, our lineage has diverged sharply from those of our great ape relatives. Change has been rapid (in evolutionary terms) and pervasive. Morphology, life history, social life, sexual behavior, and foraging patterns have all shifted sharply away from those of the other great apes. No other great ape lineage--including those of chimpanzees and gorillas--seems to have undergone such a profound transformation. In The Evolved Apprentice, Kim Sterelny argues that the divergence stems from the fact that humans gradually came to enrich the learning environment of the next generation. Humans came to cooperate in sharing information, and to cooperate ecologically and reproductively, as well, and these changes initiated positive feedback loops that drove us further from other great apes. Sterelny develops a new theory of the evolution of human cognition and human social life that emphasizes the gradual evolution of information-sharing practices across generations and how these practices transformed human minds and social lives. Sterelny proposes that humans developed a new form of ecological interaction with their environment, cooperative foraging. The ability to cope with the immense variety of human ancestral environments and social forms, he argues, depended not just on adapted minds but also on adapted developmental environments."--Back cover
From mating to mentality : evaluating evolutionary psychology by Kim Sterelny( )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains some of the most intriguing and important papers to emerge from a 2001 interdisciplinary workshop on evolutionary psychology sponsored by the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science Proceedings in conjunction with the Philosophy Program at the Australian National University
Sex and death : an introduction to philosophy of biology by Kim Sterelny( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is the history of life a series of accidents or a drama scripted by selfish genes? Is there an "essential" human nature, determined at birth or in a distant evolutionary past? What should we conserve--species, ecosystems, or something else? Informed answers to questions like these, critical to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us, require both a knowledge of biology and a philosophical framework within which to make sense of its findings. In this accessible introduction to philosophy of biology, Kim Sterelny and Paul E. Griffiths present both the science and the philosophical context necessary for a critical understanding of the most exciting debates shaping biology today. The authors, both of whom have published extensively in this field, describe the range of competing views--including their own--on these fascinating topics. With its clear explanations of both biological and philosophical concepts, Sex and Death will appeal not only to undergraduates, but also to the many general readers eager to think critically about the science of life
Dawkins vs. Gould : survival of the fittest by Kim Sterelny( Book )

35 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science has seen its fair share of punch-ups over the years, but one debate, in the field of biology, has become notorious for its intensity. Over the last twenty years, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould have engaged in a savage battle over evolution that shows no signs of waning. Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker, conceives of evolution as a struggle between gene lineages; Gould, who wrote Wonderful Life and Rocks of Ages, sees it as a struggle between organisms. For Dawkins, the principles of evolutionary biology apply just as well to humans as they do to all living creatures; for Gould, however, this sociobiology is not just ill-motivated but wrong, and dangerous. Dawkins' views have been caricatured, and the man painted as a crazed reductionist, shrinking all the variety and complexity of life down to a struggle for existence between blind and selfish genes. Gould, too, has been falsely represented by creationists as rejecting the fundamental principles of Darwinism itself." "Kim Sterelny moves beyond caricature to expose the real differences between the conceptions of evolution of these two leading scientists. He shows that the conflict extends beyond evolution to their very beliefs in science itself; and, in Gould's case, to domains in which science plays no role at all."--Jacket
The representational theory of mind : an introduction by Kim Sterelny( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is not a conventional introduction to the philosophy of mind, nor is it a contribution to the physicalist/ dualist debate. Instead The Representational Theory of Mind demonstrates that we can construct physicalist theories of important aspects of our mental life. Its aim is to explain and defend a physicalist theory of intelligence in two parts: the first six chapters consist of an exposition, elaboration and defence of human sentience (the functionalist theory of mind), and the second part considers rivals and objections to this theory. Kim Sterelny aims to introduce people to this area of philosophy be exemplifying it, to show that philosophical and empirical investigations can be synthesized to the benefit of both. It is both introduction and argument, explanation and manifesto and succeeds in bridging the widening gap between student primer and contemporary research. Technical vocabulary is explained (and defined in a glossary) while the leading edge of current debates is confronted and assessed. This book has been written for people working in philosophy, psychology and the cognitive sciences
Humanity's end : why we should reject radical enhancement by Nicholas Agar( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agar examines the proposals of four prominent radical enhancers: Ray Kurzweil, who argues that technology will enable our escape from human biology; Aubrey de Gray, who calls for anti-aging therapies that will achieve "longevity escape velocity"; Nick Bostrom, who defends the morality and rationality of enhancement; and James Hughes, who envisions a harmonious democracy of the enhanced and the unenhanced. Agar argues that the outcomes of radical enhancement could be darker than the rosy futures described by these thinkers. The most dramatic means of enhancing our cognitive powers could in fact kill us; the radical extension of our life span could eliminate experiences of great value from our lives; and a situation in which some humans are radically enhanced and others are not could lead to tyranny of posthumans over humans
Thought in a hostile world : the evolution of human cognition by Kim Sterelny( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thought in a Hostile World is an exploration of the evolution of cognition, especially human cognition, by one of today's foremost philosophers of biology and of mind." "The central idea of the book is that thought is a response to threat. Competitors and enemies make life hard by their direct physical effects. But they also make life hard by eroding epistemic conditions. They lie. They hide themselves. They seem other than what they are." "Sterelny uses this and related ideas to explore from an evolutionary perspective the relationship between folk psychology and an integrated scientific conception of human cognition. In the process, he examines how and why human minds have evolved. The book argues that humans are cognitively, socially, and sexually very unlike the other great apes, and that despite our relatively recent separation from their lineages, human social and cognitive evolution has been driven by unusual evolutionary mechanisms. In developing his own picture of the descent of the human mind, Sterelny further offers a critique of nativist, modular versions of evolutionary psychology." "This volume will be of interest to scholars and students interested in cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and evolutionary psychology."--Jacket
The evolution of agency and other essays by Kim Sterelny( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book presents a collection of linked essays on the topic of biological evolution written by one of the leading philosophers of biology, Kim Sterelny." "These essays, some never before published, form a coherent whole that defends not just an overall conception of evolution but also a distinctive take on cognitive evolution. The volume should be of particular interest to graduate students and professionals of biology, cognitive science, and the philosophy of biology."--Jacket
Yu yan yu zhen shi : yu yan zhe xue dao lun by Dai mi te( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Chinese and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of agency and other essays by Kim Sterelny( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dawkins, Gould and the nature of evolution by Kim Sterelny( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yu yan yu zhen shi : yu yan zhe xue dao lun = Language and reality : an introduction to the philosophy of language by Michael Devitt( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Chinese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sekkusu ando desu : Seibutsugaku no tetsugaku eno shotai by Kim Sterelny( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shinka no deshi : hito wa manande hito ni natta by Kim Sterelny( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution, replication, and cognition by Kim Sterelny( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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3 editions published in 2002 in Korean and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Language and reality : an introduction to the philosophy of language
Language and reality : an introduction to the philosophy of languageThe major transitions in evolution revisitedFrom mating to mentality : evaluating evolutionary psychologySex and death : an introduction to philosophy of biologyDawkins vs. Gould : survival of the fittestThe representational theory of mind : an introductionHumanity's end : why we should reject radical enhancementThought in a hostile world : the evolution of human cognition
Alternative Names
Kim Sterelny filósofo australiano

Kim Sterelny filósofu australianu

Kim Sterelny filosoof uit Australië

Kim Sterelny philosophe australien

كيم ستيريلني

كيم ستيريلني فيلسوف أسترالي

کیم استرنلی فیلسوف استرالیایی

스티렐니, 킴 1950-


ステルレルニー, キム

ステレルニー, キム