Gerhard Vollmer #



Evolutionäre Erkenntnistheorie. Stuttgart: Hirzel 1975, 82002. Translations into Chinese, Japanese, Russian.
Was können wir wissen? Vol.1: Die Natur der Erkenntnis. Vol. 2: Die Erkenntnis der Natur. Stuttgart: Hirzel 1985/86, 21988, 32003.
Wissenschaftstheorie im Einsatz. Stuttgart: Hirzel 1993.
Auf der Suche nach der Ordnung. Stuttgart: Hirzel 1995.
Biophilosophie. Stuttgart: Reclam 1995.
Wieso können wir die Welt erkennen? Stuttgart: Hirzel 2003

In preparation

Denkzeuge: Algorithmen, Gehirne, Computer Erfahrung und Hypothese. Einführung in die Wissenschaftstheorie für Naturwissenschaftler


Denken unterwegs. Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft 1992
Der Mensch in seiner Welt Anthropologie heute. Trias 1994
Was sind und warum gelten Naturgesetze? Klostermann 2000
Fakten statt Normen? Nomos 2004
Naturalismus: Positionen, Perspektiven, Probleme. Mohr Siebeck 2007

Papers in English

83/2 Mesocosm and Objective Knowledge - On Problems Solved by Evolutionary Epistemology.
In F. M. Wuketits (ed.): Concepts and approaches in evolutionary epistemology.
Dordrecht: Reidel 1983, pp. 69-121

83/3 Kant and Evolutionary Epistemology.
Proc. 7th International Wittgenstein-Symposium, August 1982 (Kirchberg am Wechsel/ Austria).
Wien: Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky 1983, 185-197

84/6 New Problems for an Old Brain - Synergetics, Cognition, and Evolutionary Epistemology.
In E. Frehland (ed.): Synergetics - form microscopic to macroscopic order. Springer 1984, 250-8

84/7 Reduction and Evolution - Arguments and Examples.
In W. Balzer, D. Pearce, H.J. Schmidt (eds.): Reduction in Science. Structures, Examples, Philosophical Problems. Dordrecht: Reidel 1984, 131-152

87/1 What Evolutionary Epistemology is not.
In W. Callebaut, R. Pinxten (eds.): Evolutionary Epistemology: A Multiparadigm Program.
Dordrecht: Reidel 1987, 203-221

87/4 The status of the theory of evolution in the philosophy of science.
In A.R. Peacocke, S. Andersen (eds.): Evolution and creation. A European perspective.
Aarhus: Aarhus University Press 1987, 70-77

87/7 On supposed circularities in an empirically oriented epistemology.
In G. Radnitzky, W.W. Bartley III (eds.): Evolutionary epistemology, rationality. and the sociology of knowledge. Lasalle (Ill.): Open Court 1987, ch. 8, 163-200

87/8 The unity of science in an evolutionary perspective.
In G. Radnitzky (ed.): Centripetal forces in the sciences. Vol. I. New York: Paragon 1987, 171-206

89/1 The concept of evolution as a synthetic tool in science. Its strengths and limits.
In W.A. Koch (ed.): The nature of culture (Symposium Bochum 1986).
Bochum: Brockmeyer 1989, 500-520

92/2 The mirror´s reflections: Lorenz and evolutionary epistemology.
Evolution and Cognition 2 (1992/1) 161-176

92/15 Evolution and projection. Approaches to a modern epistemology.
Universitas (engl. Ausgabe) 34 (2/1992) 114-126 (translated by Philip Mattson)

92/19 Order into chaos? How scientific knowledge shapes our world view.
Universitas (engl. Ausgabe) 34 (4/1992) 256-267

94/2 On the limits of human knowledge. Universitas (engl. Ausgabe) 36 (1/1994) 1-11 (translated from German by Joyce und Francis Steele)

94/8 The limits of biology.
In D. Prawitz, B. Skyrms and D. Westerstål (eds.): Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science IX. (Proc. Int. Congress of LMPS, Uppsala 1991). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science 1994, 659-676

95/10 Naturalism, Function, Teleonomy.
Comments on Gibbard’s „Human Moral Assessment: Method, Hypotheses, Puzzles“.
In G. Wolters, J.G. Lennox (eds.): Concepts, theories, and rationality in the biological sciences.
Second Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science (Oct. 1993).
Universitätsverlag Konstanz / University of Pittsburgh Press 1995, 295-304

98/4(With Wolfgang Buschlinger and Henrik Walter)
The mental life of artifacts. Explications, questions, arguments. In Hennig Stieve (Hrsg.): Natural organisms, artificial organisms, and their brains. Proceedings of an International Workshop at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld (ZiF), März 1998.
Special Issue of Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C 53 (July/August 1998) 455-479.

98/5 (With Rupert Schmidt u.a.) Group report: Influence of brain and computer design on the performance of natural and artificial organisms.
In Hennig Stieve (Hrsg.): Natural organisms, artificial organisms, and their brains. Proceedings of an International Workshop at the Center for interdisciplinary research. Special Issue of Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C 53 (July/August 1998) 752-764.

00/6 Why does mathematics fit nature? The problem of application
In: V. Gómez Pin (ed.): Physis: From Greek Thought to Quantum Mechanics. (III. International Ontology Congress, San Sebastián 1998). Ontology Studies. Cuadernos de Ontología. Bilbao 2000, 251-260

04/1 New arguments in evolutionary epistemology.
In Francisco J. Ayala (ed.): Ernst Mayr 1904. Ludus Vitalis XII, No. 21 (2004) 197-212

05/4 How is it that We Can Know this World? – New Arguments in Evolutionary Epistemology
In Vittorio Hösle and Christian Illies (eds.): Darwinism and philosophy. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press 2005, 259-274

07/4 Can everything be rationally explained everywhere in the world?
In Georg Gasser (ed.): How successful is naturalism? Frankfurt: Ontos 2007, 25-48

In press:

10/ Invariance and objectivity
In Paul Busch (ed.): Honorary volume for Peter Mittelstaedt (80)

10/ Could I have done otherwise? Naturalism, responsibility, and punishment
In Ulrich Frey, Charlotte Störmer, Kai Willführ (eds.): Homo novus – a human without illusions.
For Eckart Voland to his 60th birthday. Berlin: Springer 2010

10/ Between biology and philosophy: our knowledge of the real world
In: Friedrich G. Barth, Patrizia Giampieri-Deutsch, Hans-Dieter Klein (eds.): Sensory perception – mind and matter. Wien, New York: Springer 2010

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