Why We Disagree About Human Nature (inbunden)
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Why We Disagree About Human Nature (inbunden)

Why We Disagree About Human Nature

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Is human nature something that the natural and social sciences aim to describe, or is it a pernicious fiction? What role, if any, does human nature play in directing and informing scientific work? Leading figures from the life sciences, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology present new essays exploring these questions.
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Ron Mallon, Philosophy of Science a terrific volume, , that brings an interdisciplinary range of leading thinkers offering arguments and reflections on the concept of human nature that amount to a state-of-the-art report on what roles it can, and cannot, play. . . . While no book can be the last word on a subject like this, this book gives the latest word, and it should be among the first things to read for those who will carry the discussion forward from here.

K. Feigenson, CHOICE The strength of this collection is the varied expertise of the authors, all of whom are well established in their respective fields, including the philosophy of science, evolutionary studies, anthropology, and psychology. Each author presents a compelling case and gives the reader a clear framework for their specific perspective ... Recommended.

Lluis Oviedo, European Society for the Study of Science and Theology This is a 'must read' for everybody interested in human nature and how we can better understand it.

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Elizabeth Hannon is Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Forum, LSE, and the Assistant Editor for the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds. She has taught in Durham University, the University of Leeds, and the University of Cambridge. Her primary research interests lie within the philosophy of biology and she also edits the popular philosophy essay series, theEssays. Tim Lewens is a Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Clare College, and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge. His primary research interests include the philosophy of biology, biomedical ethics, and general philosophy of science. His publications include Darwin (Routledge 2007), Biological Foundations of Bioethics (OUP 2015), Cultural Evolution: Conceptual Challenges (OUP 2015), and The Meaning of Science (Penguin 2015). He is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.


Tim Lewens: Introduction: The Faces of Human Nature 1: Edouard Machery: Doubling Down on the Nomological Notion of Human Nature 2: Grant Ramsey: Trait Bin and Trait Cluster Accounts of Human Nature 3: Karola Stotz and Paul Griffiths: A Developmental Systems Account of Human Nature 4: Cecilia Heyes: Human Nature and Natural Pedagogy 5: John Dupre: Human Nature: A Process Perspective 6: Kim Sterelny: Sceptical Reflections on Human Nature 7: Kevin N. Laland and Gillian R. Brown: The Social Construction of Human Nature 8: Peter J. Richerson: The Use and Non-use of the Human Nature Concept by Evolutionary Biologists 9: Christina Toren: Human Ontogenies as Historical Processes: An Anthropological Perspective 10: Maria Kronfeldner: Divide and Conquer: The Authority of Nature and Why We Disagree about Human Nature