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Grand Theories and Everyday Beliefs: Science, Philosophy, and their Histories

Wallace Matson

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812691
eISBN:
9780199919420
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812691.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

After a Darwinian-type account of what beliefs are and how they arose in animals acting to cope with their environments–“low beliefs,” virtually all of which are true–Professor Matson shows how the ... More


Eden

Wallace Matson

in Grand Theories and Everyday Beliefs: Science, Philosophy, and their Histories

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812691
eISBN:
9780199919420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812691.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

99% of human evolution has gone on while social units were hunter-gatherer bands of about forty adults, the “natural” human milieu: Eden. The low beliefs of all bands will be much the same, and true. ... More


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