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

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

22 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2006  

Carsten Herrmann-Pillath

Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies

Abstract

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/StegmĂĽller 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.

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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Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, The Brain, Its Sensory Order, and the Evolutionary Concept of Mind: On Hayek's Contribution to Evolutionary Epistemology. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=950592

Carsten Herrmann-Pillath (Contact Author)

Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies ( email )

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