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Evolutionary Epistemology
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[German Version]

is an interdisciplinary research program with the aim of viewing human knowledge from the perspective of evolutionary theory so as to be able to gain improved information as to the scope and boundaries of our cognitive faculties, and to resolve problems of classical philosophical epistemology (I) that have remained unresolved until now. Evolutionary epistemology has its roots in the 19th century (C. Darwin, H. Spencer, E. Haeckel et al.), but it was only in the 20th century that it developed as an interdisciplinary research program with its own na…

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Engels, Eve-Marie, “Evolutionary Epistemology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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