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The Brain, Its Sensory Order, and the Evolutionary Concept of Mind: On Hayek's Contribution to Evolutionary Epistemology


Carsten Herrmann-Pillath


Frankfurt School of Finance and Management


Journal for Social and Biological Structures, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 145-187, 1992

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Based on Hayek's early treatment of the brain/mind problem in his "The Sensory Order", this article attempts to develop a non-inductivist and non-falsificationist evolutionary epistemology. I confront Hayek's psychoneural monism with Popper's "world 3" concepts, and following the Hayekian analysis of the brain I show that falsification is a wrong analogy to evolutionary selection. This is expanded into a naturalistic interpretation of the Sneed/Stegmüller structuralistic approach to theories, which is applied both on physical theories and on the Piagetian view of cognitive development. Finally, I show that this approach can be based on some fundamental ontological assumptions about probability.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: Sensory Order, Hayek versus Popper, non-falsificationist theory evolution, naturalization of structuralist theory of science, probabilities and propensities

JEL Classification: B40, C70, Z00

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