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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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Why Did Culture Triumph?

Why Did Culture Triumph?

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(p.187) 8 Why Did Culture Triumph?
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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/9780195077070.003.0008

This chapter examines the triumph of culture over race as the basis of the study of human nature. It suggests that a general urge to know, combined with a professional and scientifically derived willingness to accept new information and insights, were among the forces behind the transformation in outlook that removed race in particular and biology in general from the study of human behavior. In addition, the acceptance of racial differences as an explanation for human behavior denied equality of opportunity.

Keywords:   culture, racial differences, human nature, human behavior, equality

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