Pluralism and epistemic goals: why the social sciences will (probably) not be synthesized by evolutionary theory

Simon Lohse, Radboud University
Zoom Meeting ID: 954 9443 2168 Passcode: 868626 Zoom Link

Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss Mesoudi et al.’s suggestion to synthesise the social sciences based on a theory of cultural evolution. In view of their proposal, I shall discuss two key questions. (I) Is a theory of cultural evolution a promising candidate to synthesise the social sciences? (II) What is the added value of evolutionary approaches for the social sciences? My aim is to highlight some hitherto underestimated challenges for transformative evolutionary approaches to the social sciences that come into view when one looks at these questions against the backdrop of actual scientific practice in the social sciences.

Simon Lohse
Simon Lohse