Causality and Human Nature in the Social Sciences

John Dupré

in Processes of Life

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691982
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738111 | DOI:
Causality and Human Nature in the Social Sciences

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This chapter reviews the concept of human nature in the light of recent biology, and considers whether this is a concept that should be imported into the social sciences from biology, or whether its investigation is part of the agenda of the social sciences. The conclusion defended is that human nature can only be understood properly from multiple perspectives, both social and biological. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the status of free will. Deviating from earlier discussion which advocated a traditional libertarianism, the chapter and an appendix defend what what the author calls compatibilist indeterminism.

Keywords: human nature; nature/nurture; free will; compatibilist indeterminism

Chapter.  10306 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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