Arguing about Human Nature Contemporary Debates

ISBN-10: 0415894409
ISBN-13: 9780415894401
Edition: 2013
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Description: Arguing About Human Nature covers recent debates–arising from biology, philosophy, psychology, and physical anthropology–that together systematically examine what it means to be human.  Thirty-five essays–several of them appearing here for the first  More...

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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/19/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 616
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Arguing About Human Nature covers recent debates–arising from biology, philosophy, psychology, and physical anthropology–that together systematically examine what it means to be human.  Thirty-five essays–several of them appearing here for the first time in print–were carefully selected to offer competing perspectives on 12 different topics related to human nature.  The context and main threads of the debates are highlighted and explained by the editors in a short, clear introduction to each of the 12 topics (see below).  Authors include Louise Anthony, Patrick Bateson, David Buller, John Dupre, Paul Griffiths, Sally Haslanger, Nancy Holmstrom, Richard Lewontin, Ron Mallon, Kim Sterelny and E.O. Wilson.A glossary of terms will help enable students from a variety of different backgrounds to understand and engage with the readings quickly, and Suggested Reading lists offer curious readers new resources for exploring these debates further.  Arguing About Human Natureis the first volume of its kind, designed to introduce to an interdisciplinary student audience some of the most important arguments on the subject generated by scientific research and philosophical reflection.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Human Nature and Evolution
Evolution and Human Nature
On Human Nature
On Human Nature
Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature
A Plea for Human Nature
What is a Human Universal? Human Behavioral Ecology and Human Nature
A Stone-Age Mind?
Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer
The Basic Components of the Human Mind were not Solidified During the Pleistocene Epoch
Innateness
Core Knowledge
What is Innateness?
Innateness in Cognitive Science
Genetic Determinism
Genetic Influence on Human Psychological Traits
Behavioral Development and Darwinian Evolution
Battling the Undead: How (and How Not) to Resist Genetic Determinism
Human Nature and Human Diversity
Human Universals, Individual Variation, and Cultural Variation
Incest Avoidance and Other Human Universals
The Weirdest People in the World?
On the Universality of Human Nature and the Uniqueness of the Individual: The Role of Genetics and Adaptation
Culture and Cognition
Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Action
The Informational Commonwealth
Social Construction
The Politics of Menopause: The "Discovery" of a Deficiency Disease
The Looping Effects of Human Kinds
The Odd Couple: The Compatibility of Social Construction and Evolutionary Psychology
Human Genetic Diversity
The Apportionment of Human Diversity
Human Genetic Diversity: Lewontin's Fallacy
Genetic Structure of Human Populations
Races
A Social Constructionist Analysis of Race
Individual Ancestry Inference and the Reification of Race as a Biological Phenomenon
Sex
The Evolution of Human Sexuality: Sexual Choice
The Evolutionary Psychology of Sex and Gender
Same-sex Sexual Behavior and Evolution
Human Nature and Normality
Health
Health as a Theoretical Concept
Against Normal Function
What's Special about Mental Health and Disorder?
Politics and the Concept of Human Nature
A Fatal Attraction to Normalizing: Treating Disabilities as Deviations from "Species-Typical" Functioning
"Human Nature" and its Role in Feminist Theory
Is Human Nature Important for Feminism?
Transhumanism
Ageless Bodies, Happy Souls: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Perfection
In Defense of Posthuman Dignity
Index

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