Consciência e Evolução: Uma Análise do Naturalismo Biológico a partir do Debate Adaptacionista

Revista Reflexões 18 (10):183-200 (2021)
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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to assess biological naturalism in light of the adaptationist debate. Searle is famous for explicity pursuing a biological foundation for his theory of consciousness. However, evolutionary biology receives little attention in his work, which results in crucial theoretical confusions over adaptationism. In this paper, we will propose two theses concerning Searle's approach to consciousness in the context of the adaptationist debate. First, Searle's attack on adaptationism only applies to its naive version, failing to touch any of the more sophisticated versions of adaptationism, especially the empirical one. Second, despite his attack, in the end Searle embraces empirical adaptationism about consciousness. Howsoever, Searle's empirical foundation for his thesis that the evolutionary advantage of consciousness lies in a greater power of discrimination faces a serious problem of generalization regarding non-human animals.

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Sérgio Farias De Souza Filho
Federal Rural University of Pernambuco
Roberto Horácio De Pereira
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Victor Machado Barcellos
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

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