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Missing the RevolutionDarwinism for social scientists$
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Jerome H. Barkow

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130027.001.0001

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Introduction: Sometimes the Bus Does Wait

Introduction: Sometimes the Bus Does Wait

(p.3) 1 Introduction: Sometimes the Bus Does Wait
Missing the Revolution

Jerome H. Barkow

Oxford University Press

Sociology and social-cultural anthropology have trailed other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences in engaging with the evolution revolution. This is in part because of the horrific misuse in the past of Darwinian theories; in part because of an adherence to a Cartesian folk psychology in which body but not mind can be produced by evolution; and in part because of a misunderstanding of Durkheimian views of psychology and biology. The vertical-compatible approach makes it clear that evolutionary and social science accounts, being at different levels of organization, can never be in competition with one another. An evolutionary perspective is not the antithesis of social constructionism but, in fact, requires it and easily accommodates the frequent maladaptations found in social behavior. An evolutionary praxis can explain why, to the dismay of “moral mission” social scientists, yesterday's good guys are so often today's bad guys.

Keywords:   evolutionary praxis, folk psychology, vertical/compatible integration, speciesism, evolved mechanisms, genes, Durkheim, naturalistic fallacy, reductionism, social-cultural anthropology

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