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Human Intentionality and Design In Cultural Evolution

  • V. J. Vanberg

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    The purpose of this paper is to take a closer look at the relation between human intentionality and design on the one side and the "blind" forces of evolution on the other. Specifically, I discuss two issues that Ulrich Witt has raised in recent publications, namely, first, the issue of whether the role that human intelligence and intentionality play in man-made or cultural evolution requires us to adopt a non-Darwinian concept of evolution, and, second, the issue of what the fact that cultural evolution is man-made implies for our capacity to "control" the evolutionary process and for our "responsibility" with regard to its overall outcomes.

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    Paper provided by Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography in its series Papers on Economics and Evolution with number 2004-02.

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    Length: 16 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:esi:evopap:2004-02
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    1. Ulrich Witt, . "Social Cognitive Learning and Group Selection - A Hayekian Model of Societal Evolution," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2001-10, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
    2. Viktor Vanberg, 2004. "The rationality postulate in economics: its ambiguity, its deficiency and its evolutionary alternative," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 1-29.
    3. Ulrich Witt, 2004. "On the proper interpretation of 'evolution' in economics and its implications for production theory," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(2), pages 125-146.
    4. Geoffrey M. Hodgson, 2002. "Darwinism in economics: from analogy to ontology," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 12(3), pages 259-281.
    5. Viktor Vanberg, 1997. "Institutional Evolution through Purposeful Selection: The Constitutional Economics of John R. Commons," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 105-122, June.
    6. Ulrich Witt, 2003. "Economic policy making in evolutionary perspective," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 77-94, 04.
    7. Ulrich Witt, 2006. "Evolutionary Economics," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2006-05, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
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