Macromemetics:Towards a framework for the re-unification of philosophy

Gatherer, D (1997) Macromemetics:Towards a framework for the re-unification of philosophy. Journal of Memetics-Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission, 1 (1). pp. 58-74. ISSN 1366-4786

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Abstract

The review of the philosophical and scientific antecedents of memetics by Elan Moritz [27] is extended to cover 20th century philosophy. It is proposed that 'macromemetics', ie. the study of the evolution of entire meme pools, is in many respects a similar enterprise to that attempted by the cultural evolutionist school of anthropology which flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Memetics may provide a new, and more rigorously Darwinian, slant to this rather neglected branch of anthropology. Furthermore, it is proposed that much of the terminology and conceptual apparatus of memetics may be reconciled with that used by recent Continental philosophers in their studies of culture, thus suggesting a possible Darwinian framework for the re-unification of Western philosophy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Memetics-Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3314
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Biomedical & Life Sciences
ID Code: 127868
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2018 14:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 02:46
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/127868

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