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The Believing PrimateScientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion$
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Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557028

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.001.0001

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Evolutionary Social Constructivism

Evolutionary Social Constructivism

Narrowing (but Not Yet Bridging) the Gap

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The Believing Primate

David Sloan Wilson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how far the gap between evolution (adaptation of behaviours) and social constructivism (culture, unlimited capacity to define one’s future) narrows, by establishing a new discipline, called Evolutionary Social Constructivism. This discipline recognizes that people live in a world largely of their own making but regards evolution as an essential subject for understanding how people became so different from other animals and how the process of social construction operates in the present day.

Keywords:   evolutionary, social constructivism, evolution

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