In Search of Human Nature The Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought

ISBN-10: 0195077075

ISBN-13: 9780195077070

Edition: 1991 (Reprint)

Authors: Carl N. Degler
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Description: In his historical perspective on the changes in scientific thought over the last 100 years, Carl N. Degler explores the study of social evolution and the ongoing search for human nature. In Search of Human Nature provides a detailed perspective on the reasons behind the shifting emphasis in social thought from biology, to culture, and again to biology. Degler examines why these changes took place, the evidence and people fostering these changes and why students of humannature decided to accept this momentous change in thought. He suggests varying ideologies as the underlying force behind this shift in the study of social science. From Darwin's theory that human social behaviour has drastically evolved from animals, to the belief that human experience serves as the basicdifferentiating factor in humans, Degler provides a thorough and captivating examination of the roots of human behaviour.

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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/5/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Carl Degler writes history with flair, and his spirited and readable topical history of the United States, Out of Our Past (1959), has long been a favorite among college students and general readers. In 1972 another of his works, Neither Black nor White (1971), won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the Bancroft Prize and was co-winner of the Beveridge Prize. Born in Orange, New Jersey, Degler matriculated at Upsala College and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1947. He taught at Hunter College, New York University, and City College of New York before joining the faculty of Vassar College in 1952. Sixteen years later he moved on to Stanford University, where he was Margaret Byrne Professor until his retirement in 1990. In 1973 and 1974 he was Harmsworth Professor at Oxford University. He served as president of the American Historical Association from 1958 to 1986 and the Organization of American Historian

Biology Acknowledged
Invoking the Darwinian Imperative
Beyond the Darwinian Imperative
The Sovereignty of Culture
Laying the Foundation
In the Wake of Boas
Does Sex Tell Us Anything?
Decoupling Behavior from Nature
Decoupling Intelligence from Race
Why Did Culture Triumph?
Remembering Darwin
Biology Redivivus
The Case of the Origin of the Incest Taboo
The Uses of Biology
Biology and the Nature of Females
The Uses and Misuses of Evolutionary Theory in Social Science
Epilogue: Beyond Social Science
Notes
Index
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