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The Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology

John Dupré

in Human Nature and the Limits of Science

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248063
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248060.003.0002
 The Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology

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Reviews the emergence of evolutionary psychology from an earlier sociobiology, and examines the general arguments for seeing evolution as the key to human nature. Separate sections discuss the atavism that these arguments imply, the mental modules that evolutionary psychologists claim the mind is composed of, and the relationships between genes, brains, and behaviour that their theories assume. Concludes with a discussion of the perennial dichotomy of nature and nurture.

Keywords: atavism; evolutionary psychology; genes; human behaviour; mind; nurture; sociobiology

Chapter.  10600 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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