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Human Nature and the Limits of Science
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Human Nature and the Limits of Science

John Dupré


This book applies to the study of human nature the generally pluralistic metaphysics and methodology developed in the author's earlier work. It begins with detailed criticism of two popular projects for understanding human nature, evolutionary psychology, and rational‐choice theory. The argument shows how the flaws in these projects reflect deep misconceptions about the nature and the legitimate ambitions of science. Such scientific theories necessarily provide highly simplified accounts of a phenomenon as complex as human nature and can provide only a small part of the total picture of such a ... More

Keywords: autonomy, Dupré, evolutionary psychology, free will, human nature, metaphysics, philosophy of science, pluralism, rational choice, science, scientism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248063
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199248060.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Dupré, author
University of Exeter
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