How Biology Shapes Philosophy

My chum David Livingstone Smith’s long awaited edited collection of essays by a top-notch lineup is now available. To get a better sense of the scope of the project check out the book’s homepage as well as David’s other writings here. For the past thirty years I been of the view that though Hume did not have a modern scientific toolbox at his disposal “sociobiology” (called “evolutionary psychology” these days) is a scientific vindication of Hume’s speculative anthropology. Hume’s moral psychology has, of late, found new voice within the recent trend that has come to be known as experimental philosophy. I’d be interested to see how E. O. Wilson is treated in this volume given that he was pretty much (unfairly) deemed to be a pariah for two decades from the mid-70s.