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In Search of Human NatureThe Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought$
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Carl N. Degler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195077070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195077070.001.0001

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Epilogue: Beyond Social Science

Epilogue: Beyond Social Science

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(p.329) Epilogue: Beyond Social Science
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In Search of Human Nature
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Carl N. Degler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195077070.003.0014

This chapter suggests that Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory will continue to dominate future studies of human behavior. Despite criticisms on the Darwinian Imperative and the problems in placing human beings within the evolutionary process, it is undeniable that biology plays a major role in understanding human nature. Biology can help clarify the continuity between human and animal experience and determine whether consciousness and awareness exist in animals.

Keywords:   evolutionary theory, human behavior, Charles Darwin, evolutionary process, human beings, human nature, consciousness, awareness, animals

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