Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition

From Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology

Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition

Edited by Linnda R. Caporael, James R. Griesemer and William C. Wimsatt

Empirical and philosophical perspectives on scaffolding that highlight the role of temporal and temporary resources in development across concepts of culture, cognition, and evolution.

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Empirical and philosophical perspectives on scaffolding that highlight the role of temporal and temporary resources in development across concepts of culture, cognition, and evolution.

"Scaffolding" is a concept that is becoming widely used across disciplines. This book investigates common threads in diverse applications of scaffolding, including theoretical biology, cognitive science, social theory, science and technology studies, and human development. Despite its widespread use, the concept of scaffolding is often given short shrift; the contributors to this volume, from a range of disciplines, offer a more fully developed analysis of scaffolding that highlights the role of temporal and temporary resources in development, broadly conceived, across concepts of culture, cognition, and evolution.

The book emphasizes reproduction, repeated assembly, and entrenchment of heterogeneous relations, parts, and processes as a complement to neo-Darwinism in the developmentalist tradition of conceptualizing evolutionary change. After describing an integration of theoretical perspectives that can accommodate different levels of analysis and connect various methodologies, the book discusses multilevel organization; differences (and reciprocality) between individuals and institutions as units of analysis; and perspectives on development that span brains, careers, corporations, and cultural cycles.

Contributors Colin Allen, Linnda R. Caporael, James Evans, Elihu M. Gerson, Simona Ginsburg, James R. Griesemer, Christophe Heintz, Eva Jablonka, Sanjay Joshi, Shu-Chen Li, Pamela Lyon, Sergio F. Martinez, Christopher J. May, Johann Peter Murmann, Stuart A. Newman, Jeffrey C. Schank, Iddo Tavory, Georg Theiner, Barbara Hoeberg Wimsatt, William C. Wimsatt

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$67.00 S ISBN: 9780262019552 440 pp. | 7 in x 9 in 24 b&w illus., 3 tables

Editors

Linnda R. Caporael

Linnda R. Caporael is Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

James R. Griesemer

James R. Griesemer is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis.

William C. Wimsatt

William C. Wimsatt is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He was awarded the 2013 David L. Hull Prize by the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.