Introduction: Sometimes the Bus Does Wait

Jerome H. Barkow

in Missing the Revolution

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130027
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893874 | DOI:
Introduction: Sometimes the Bus Does Wait

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Sociology and social-cultural anthropology have trailed other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences in engaging with the evolution revolution. This is in part because of the horrific misuse in the past of Darwinian theories; in part because of an adherence to a Cartesian folk psychology in which body but not mind can be produced by evolution; and in part because of a misunderstanding of Durkheimian views of psychology and biology. The vertical-compatible approach makes it clear that evolutionary and social science accounts, being at different levels of organization, can never be in competition with one another. An evolutionary perspective is not the antithesis of social constructionism but, in fact, requires it and easily accommodates the frequent maladaptations found in social behavior. An evolutionary praxis can explain why, to the dismay of “moral mission” social scientists, yesterday's good guys are so often today's bad guys.

Keywords: evolutionary praxis; folk psychology; vertical/compatible integration; speciesism; evolved mechanisms; genes; Durkheim; naturalistic fallacy; reductionism; social-cultural anthropology

Chapter.  24367 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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