DOI: 10.5176/0000-0001_1.1.6

Authors: Javier Y. Álvarez-Vázquez


Many contemporary theories of human cognition
focus on the biochemical mechanisms that lie beneath the mind’s
operations, while neglecting the historical and developmental
aspects of the human mind. This article argues (1) that a
processual form of thinking has been developing since the Modern
Era. Furthermore, it maintains (2) that this particular form of
thinking is intrinsically connected with the historical
phenomenon of the scientific revolution. The paper studies
Günter Dux’s innovative historico-genetic approach to the
development of thought in historical process. It also analyses the
processual form of thinking under specific conceptual aspects of
Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophy of organism. The present
study also reveals (3) the connection between the developmental
and the historical aspects of the evolution of thought. Overall, the
study found (4) that there is an anthropological cognitive
mechanism behind the historical forms of thought usually related
to the elaborated figure of explanation.

Keywords: enarrativity, evolution of thought, history of science, process philosophy, theory of culture

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